November 25, 2004

Fact or Fiction: Declaration of Independence Banned at Calif School?

Reuters.com ``A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God -- including the Declaration of Independence.``

Well that's not exactly true.

According to their own press release: ``Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit yesterday against the Cupertino Union School District for prohibiting a teacher from providing supplemental handouts to students about American history because the historical documents contain some references to God and religion.``

So this guy was handing out religious tracts in class that among other things had quotes from the Declaration of Independence. The religious tracks (the "supplemental handouts") then contained quotes from the Declaration of Independence.

But the school did not ban the Declaration of Independence. That's just a lie.

Read the complaint yourself. Page 5 of the complaint, line 9 (point 31) says "When teaching the histor of the founding era, many of the documents Mr. Williams as handouts contain references to God and Christianity.

The Declaration of Independence was not banned. Stop making an issue over this. This teacher is trying to force his religious beliefs onto his public school class. That's just wrong.

Posted by rusty at November 25, 2004 02:53 PM | TrackBack
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