Saturday, March 10, 2012

Court okays teachers' right to ridicule creationism

It's not personal; it's politics - The Godfather

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Back in 2009, Chad Farnan was a sophomore at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, California. One of his classes was Advanced Placement European History which was taught by James Corbett.

Nearly every day in class, Corbett, who had taught at the school for the past 20 years, would ridicule and harass Farnan about his Christian and creationist views. One of the statements made by Corbett in the classroom in front of Farnan’s fellow students was,

“When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can’t see the truth.”

After repeated verbal abuse in front of his classmates, Farnan filed suit against the teacher in December 2007. He accused the teacher of promoting hostility to Christians in the classroom and in promoting ‘irreligion over religion’ which is a violation of the First Amendment.

In the original trial, the judge found Corbett guilty of violating the First Amendment by denigrating Farnan’s Christian faith while in the classroom. US District Court Judge James Selna said,

“Corbett states an unequivocal belief that Creationism is ‘superstitious nonsense.’ The court cannot discern a legitimate secular purpose in this statement, even when considered in context.”

The case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is the most liberal court in the entire US. In keeping with their liberal history, the Ninth Circuit Court overturned the District Court’s ruling declaring that the teacher had a qualified immunity since there was no precedent of any case where a teacher had been held liable for anti-religious statements and those statements been ruled to be unconstitutional.

The case then appealed to the US Supreme Court in hopes that they would make a precedent setting ruling to defend the religious rights of students in public schools. This past week, the US Supreme Court announced that they will not hear the case, thus making the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling will stand as the final decision.

A precedent in this case has been set, but not the one hoped for. The precedent that was set allows teachers to verbally abuse, ridicule and harass the religious beliefs of any student and they can do so in the classroom in front of other students.

Yet on the opposite side of the issue, courts have upheld restrictions placed on students expressing their religious views in the classroom. They are not allowed to defend their beliefs but are now forced to sit and take the abuse from the faculty.

Freedom of speech and religion now only applies to anti-Christians and Muslims, but not for Christians.

Read more: Supreme Court Okays Teachers’ Right to Ridicule Student’s Christianity in Class - Godfather Politics


  1. Let's see what happens when a teacher does the same to the Muslim religion. Oh, but that's different. Yeah right.

  2. Yeah, that is peculiar. But I can see why the Supreme court wouldn't want to deal with it.
    I would seriously wonder about a teacher that takes so much pride in dissing his, mind you basically defenseless, student's beliefs.
    What a prick move.
    People defend him because he is an interesting and weird guy, but he is a terrible teacher, lazy, and abusive towards some of his students. (Granted, he also seems to actually care about their futures, which is paradoxical given his teaching methods. (which are totally inept and demoralizing.))
    I do not know if in any time since his court cases he has toned down his actions and statements, but if I was the school I would not sanction his actions.
    Private or Home schooling = when public schools go wrong.
    Since when do we pay for our children to have education in such an environment?
    And since when do we pay to sanction the actions of such an individual?
    If their is anything that James Corbett wished to express with his actions and words, he only succeeded in professing that he is extraordinarily unprofessional and unfit for such a high position teaching and theoretically encouraging the leaders of tomorrow.
    I hope he treats his students with the respect they deserve.
    That is all.