Thursday, October 14, 2010

Another accusation of discrimination, although it didn't work

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear, without comment, an appeal by the Association of Christian Schools International in a case against the University of California.  At issue is the University's refusal to allow college credit for the Bible-based science classes taught at 800 religious high schools in California.  As an examiner for the University found:

Biology texts, one professor concluded, teach students to reject any scientific evidence that contradicted the Bible. A history text declared the Bible to be the "unerring source for analysis" of past events, in the view of another expert, and gave short shrift to women, non-Christians and some ethnic groups.
A US District Court judge ruled in 2008 that the University had a legitimate basis for denying the credit.  And this year the US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling, noting that the University had allowed credit for courses from other religious high schools, as long as they upheld academic standards.  But the Association contends that not recognizing their anti-science as science is counter to freedom of religion:
"In the Ninth Circuit," they said, "religious speech in religious schools is less protected than commercial speech, flag burning and pornography."
This notion, that others must recognize your religious beliefs as true or else be accused of discrimination, has appeared often before on these pages, both on domestic stories, and for those abroad.

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