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US youth wins in suit on teacher's Bible comment

US youth wins in suit on teacher's Bible comment

A federal judge has ruled that a history teacher at a Southern California public high school violated the constitution when he called the biblical account of creation "superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture.
U.S. District Judge James Selna issued the ruling Friday after a 16-month legal battle between student Chad Farnan and his former teacher, James Corbett.
Farnan's lawsuit alleged that Corbett made more than 20 statements that were disparaging to Christians and their beliefs.
The judge found that Corbett's reference to creationism as "religious, superstitious nonsense" violated the constitution's prohibiting Congress from establishing a state religion. Courts have interpreted the clause as prohibiting government employees from displaying religious hostility.
Corbett teaches at Capistrano Valley High School.