Student sues teacher for saying Creationism is nonesense.

This does *NOT* help our cause. We want to dissiminate information, but this guy went hyperbolic.

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Comment by Alan Huffman on May 11, 2009 at 1:34pm
That is good news... Creationism == religion. That does make me feel better.
Comment by Pam on May 11, 2009 at 1:58pm

Here's the context of the "nonsense" quote.

Q. You were found to have violated the First Amendment's establishment clause when you discussed a 1993 court case involving your former colleague, science teacher John Peloza, who sued for the right not to have to teach evolution. You told your class, "I will not leave John Peloza alone to propagandize kids with this religious, superstitious nonsense." The court said you were referring to Creationism. Do you agree?

A. I was referring to the way John Peloza was teaching in his biology classroom, not Creationism. He was leading kids to the understanding that there were major scientific flaws in evolution. As a matter of science, there really aren't. If that's offensive to someone's faith, I'm sorry.
Comment by Pam on May 11, 2009 at 2:08pm
I don't see any evidence to suggest that Corbett was specifically discriminating against any of his students based on religion. He might have discriminated against religion itself, but how is that any different than commenting on the flaws of Socialism or Communism? There's also no evidence (that we are presented with) that indicates he gives lower grades to Christians or creationists or anything like that.

And discussions about religion are entirely in line with European History, because religion has been the cause of many important historical events. Corbett seemed to be giving historical context with relevant modern-day information. I can almost guarantee that if he said "belief in unicorns is superstitious nonsense" that even someone who believed in unicorns would not be able to make a case out of it, let alone win.
Comment by CJoe on May 12, 2009 at 3:09pm
These people are always screaming about freedom of speech... I can't believe this is even being taken to court.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on May 12, 2009 at 4:03pm
I could not even watch this to its full extent.


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