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Education Reporter
NUMBER 265 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS FEBRUARY 2008

California Student Sues Teacher over Anti-Christian Diatribes
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A California student filed a First Amendment lawsuit against his history teacher, who repeatedly disparaged Christianity and Christians during class. "When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can't see the truth," said teacher James Corbett in a typical example. Sophomore honors student Chad Farnan charges that Corbett and the Capistrano Unified School District violated the Establishment Clause through promoting hostility toward religion.

Corbett routinely devoted "a large portion of class time [to] propagating his personal views to a captive audience," the lawsuit claims. Farnan captured many of these personal views on tape, after initially recording the history class to supplement his notes.

"Conservatives don't want women to avoid pregnancies — that's interfering with God's work," said Corbett during one class. His other hobbyhorses include teen sex and homosexuality.

"It has some merit to it," constitutional scholar John Eastman opined of the lawsuit in an interview with the Orange County Register. "Lawsuits like this are important to remind public teachers that the classroom is not their personal soapbox." (Orange County Register, 12-12-07)


 
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