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Creationist nutjobs find free speech “hostile”

I despair for the health of our nation when I read things like this:

High school teacher’s anti-Creationism comment violated law

SANTA ANA – A Mission Viejo high school history teacher violated the First Amendment by disparaging Christians during a classroom lecture, a federal judge ruled today.

James Corbett, a 20-year teacher at Capistrano Valley High School, referred to Creationism as “religious, superstitious nonsense” during a 2007 classroom lecture, denigrating his former Advanced Placement European history student, Chad Farnan.

“Corbett states an unequivocal belief that Creationism is ‘superstitious nonsense,’” U.S. District Court Judge James Selna said in a 37-page ruling released from his Santa Ana courtroom. “The court cannot discern a legitimate secular purpose in this statement, even when considered in context.”

In a December 2007 lawsuit, Farnan, then a sophomore, accused Corbett of repeatedly promoting hostility toward Christians in class and advocating “irreligion over religion” in violation of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. </em>

Ok, first off, the notion that the world was created in seven days IS “religious, superstitious nonsense”. It remains nonsense no matter how many loud mouthed yaps bray otherwise- or use the courts to promote their private beliefs.

Secondly, what the fuck is “irreligion”? Uh, sanity? Common sense? A belief in things that are true? One day little Chad Farnan is going to encounter the real world – the one that doesn’t revolve around whatever you “believe” to be true.

Or not. Since he’s learned how to make his fear of the unknown and acceptance of a fairy tale into a tool focused on quashing another persons civil and human rights, he’ll make a fine government official one day. Or at least a Fox News pundit.


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