Earlier this week, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit brought by a Christian school against the University of California to proceed to trial. According to the AP, “students from Calvary Chapel Christian School [will be able] to pursue their claim that the public university system discriminated against them by setting admission rules that violate their freedom of speech and religion.”
The alleged violations? According to a USA Today article,
“The university rejected some class credits because Calvary Chapel relies on textbooks from leading Christian publishers, Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Book. A biology book from Bob Jones University presents creationism and intelligent design alongside evolution. The introduction says, ‘The people who have prepared this book have tried consistently to put the Word of God first and science second.’
UC says such books would be acceptable as supplementary reading but not as the main textbook.
Interestingly, the lead attorney for the Calvary Chapel students is Wendell Bird, the attorney who unsuccessfully argued Edwards v. Aguillard before the Supreme Court. In that case, the court found the practice of giving equal time to creationism in public schools to be unconstitutional.