‘Jesus Glasses’ Case Not Over; 9th Circuit Fails to Rule on Classroom Hostility

“The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to make constitutional limits and define what would be considered hostile comments about religion in a classroom. They specifically did not want to address this issue because they did not want to rule in favor of Chad Farnan. Even more specifically, they did not want to set precedent as to defining what hostility toward religion is in the classroom.” – Robert Taylor, Advocates for Faith & Freedom

FULL STORY: http://www.christianpost.com/news/court-ruling-in-creationism-is-nonsense-case-politically-motivated-lawyers-say-54335/

3 thoughts on “‘Jesus Glasses’ Case Not Over; 9th Circuit Fails to Rule on Classroom Hostility

  1. Pingback: Jesus Glasses and Bloggers For Chad Farnan « TheScroogeReport

  2. Chad’s lawyers argued that questioning “Creation Science” violated the First Amendment, but American law gives no special place to any religion. One person’s religion is another person’s superstition. To Jews, Muslims, Hindus and dozens of other religions, the New Testament is “Christian Superstition,” just as their views are superstition to Christians. When I referred to a religious belief as “superstition,” I sought to show respect for all by favoring none. My classes have Jews, Hindus, Bahai, Muslims, Buddhists, and others. Chad would demand a special place for his views, but in America, all beliefs should be treated equally by government.

    Finally, here are two stanzas from Robert Service Poem (Reagan’s favorite poet) that have been with me for 50 years–since my father read it to me when I was a teenager. At the time, he was fighting the blacklisters (and lost).

    Carry On”

    And so in the strife of the battle of life

    It’s easy to fight when you’re winning;

    It’s easy to slave, and starve and be brave,

    When the dawn of success is beginning.

    But the man who can meet despair and defeat

    With a cheer, there’s the man of God’s choosing;

    The man who can fight to Heaven’s own height

    Is the man who can fight when he’s losing.

    Carry on! Carry on!

    Fight the good fight and true;

    Believe in your mission, greet life with a cheer;

    There’s big work to do, and that’s why you are here.

    Carry on! Carry on!

    Let the world be the better for you;

    And at last when you die, let this be your cry!

    Jim Corbett, still hokey after all these years. Born with nothin and still got most of it.

  3. The Court held that “teachers must be given leeway to challenge students to foster critical thinking skills and develop their analytical abilities.” Chad’s lawyers argued that questioning “Creation Science” violated the First Amendment, but American law gives no special place to any religion. One person’s religion is another person’s superstition. To Jews, Muslims, Hindus and dozens of other religions, the New Testament is “Christian Superstition,” just as their views are superstition to Christians. When I referred to a religious belief as “superstition,” I sought to show respect for all by favoring none. My classes have Jews, Hindus, Bahai, Muslims, Buddhists, and others. Chad would demand a special place for his views, but in America, all beliefs should be treated equally by government.
    The one thing that bothers me most about this case is that neither Chad nor his parents nor the so-called Advocates for Faith and Freedom, ever made an effort to talk with me before filing the suit. In my view, they were all more interested in gaining publicity for themselves, and donations for the Advocates, than in protecting Chad’s rights. They cost our schools hundreds of thousands of dollars when the whole thing could have been settled with a phone call that they never made.

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