August 28, 2005
We seem to be stuck in a bit of a religious rut right now—sorry:
LOS ANGELES - A group representing California religious schools has filed a lawsuit accusing the University of California system of discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints.
The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming university admissions officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Other rejected courses include “Christianity’s Influence in American History.”
… University of California spokeswoman Ravi Poorsina said she could not comment because the university had not been served with the lawsuit. Still, she said the university has a right to set course requirements.
“These requirements were established after careful study by faculty and staff to ensure that students who come here are fully prepared with broad knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed,” Poorsina said.
Since “broad knowledge” and “critical thinking skills” are not qualities usually associated with the religious right, that may be the crux of the problem here.
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