Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Tama on Tue 5/May/09 12:52pm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/editors-picks/23 ... le-comment wrote:A federal judge has ruled that a history teacher at a Southern California public high school violated the constitution when he called the biblical account of creation "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture.

US District Judge James Selna issued the ruling Friday after a 16-month legal battle between student Chad Farnan and his former teacher, James Corbett.

Farnan's lawsuit alleged that Corbett made more than 20 statements that were disparaging to Christians and their beliefs.

The judge found that Corbett's reference to creationism as "religious, superstitious nonsense" violated the constitution's prohibiting Congress from establishing a state religion. Courts have interpreted the clause as prohibiting government employees from displaying religious hostility.

Corbett teaches at Capistrano Valley High School.
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby phunk on Tue 5/May/09 1:13pm

I was not aware there was a clause in there saying "thou shalt bow down to religous nonsense", when are they going to wise up to the fact that its just a story...
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby E Dogg Capizzle on Tue 5/May/09 1:15pm

xcmtb wrote:pwnt


Another victory for Christianity stupidity. :)
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby j2hyde on Tue 5/May/09 2:39pm

South Carolina? Don't they still have slavery?
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Joshguy01 on Tue 5/May/09 2:53pm

Where marrying your sister is not only acceptable, it's required!
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby slidecontrol on Tue 5/May/09 3:01pm

Joshguy01 wrote:Where marrying your sister is not only acceptable, it's required!



only if she's your mother too :exclaim:
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Joshguy01 on Tue 5/May/09 3:11pm

And yeer cooosin :crazy:
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Tama on Tue 5/May/09 3:22pm

I hate to break the flow but the school in question is in Southern California - between Los Angeles and San Diego
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby slidecontrol on Tue 5/May/09 3:26pm

don't go messing up a nice tangent with silly things like logic :hmmm:
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Joshguy01 on Tue 5/May/09 3:32pm

Don't you mean Cuh-lee-fwour-niuh? Givenn the Governator and all that
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Henry Dorset Case on Tue 5/May/09 3:44pm

I am going to try and get a copy of the judgment. I can sort of see where they're coming from, but a state sponsored support of something as WACK as this creationism malarkey seems somehow odd.
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby dicks-naughty-account on Tue 5/May/09 3:51pm

E Dogg Capizzle wrote:
xcmtb wrote:pwnt


Another victory for Christianity stupidity. :)

:lol:
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby Joshguy01 on Tue 5/May/09 3:54pm

It's not only odd, it's downright scary.
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Re: Teacher Breaches Constitution Calling Creationism Nonsense

Postby E Dogg Capizzle on Tue 5/May/09 3:55pm

Henry Dorset Case wrote:I am going to try and get a copy of the judgment. I can sort of see where they're coming from, but a state sponsored support of something as WACK as this creationism malarkey seems somehow odd.


I agree with PZ Myers on this:

I am astounded that Corbett was found guilty of anything.

First of all, he told the truth: creationism is religious, it is a product of superstition, and it is nonsense — it doesn't fit any of the evidence we have about the history fo the world or life on it. We have to have the right to tell students not only that something is wrong, but that it is stupidly wrong.

Secondly, we are being told over and over again that Christianity is not equivalent to creationism. This teacher has specifically said that creationism is nonsense, and this judge has equated a dismissal of a weird anti-scientific belief with making a rude remark about Christianity. So…where are all the Christians rising in outrage at the slander of their faith?

Thirdly, and this must be said, Chad Farnan is a self-righteously moronic creationist wanker who deserves to have his stupidity pointed out publicly, in the classroom and out of it, far and wide. Spread the word.


Discussion here: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/
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