UC system sued
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JMHACLJ at aol.com
Sat Aug 27 22:00:57 PDT 2005
In a message dated 8/28/2005 12:45:05 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
mgraber at gvpt.umd.edu writes:
Whether states can decide that intelligent design is science raises one set
of issue, but given that virtual unanimity among the science profession,
surely the state can
decide that it is not.
Ahhh, so you would support the UC system judgment because it relates to ID.
But the article does not demonstrate the focused judgment on a ground so
completely one-sided as you say the field of science is on this question.
Courses in history, civic, literature all appear to have the threat of denial of
accreditation hanging over them.
Here's a quote from the Press-Telegram article:
According to the complaint, the university system has sent a "form letter'
to Christian high schools informing them that two popular Christian biology
textbooks are not acceptable, and that the course outlines are "not consistent
with the viewpoints and knowledge generally accepted in the scientific
The letter states that, "As such, students who take these course may not be
prepared for success if/when they enter science courses/programs at UC,'
according to the court papers.
The UC system also found that a Calvary Chapel Christian School history
course titled "Christianity's Influence on American History' did not meet the
requirements, the suit states.
An English course titled "Christianity and Morality in American Literature'
was also rejected, as was a government course titled "Special Providence:
American Government,' according to the court papers.
The Murrieta school and the Association of Christian Schools International,
"while not objecting to instruction in these courses and already offering
them, object to government officials and bodies dictating and censoring the
viewpoints that may and may not be taught in those courses, and regulating
viewpoints and the content of private schools,' the suit states.
The plaintiffs further argue that the requirements are unfair in light of
the "often superior academic performance by the students that are supposedly
harmed by instruction that adds religious viewpoints.'
A form letter, the archetypical evidence of a studious public servant
producing a considered and thoughtful evaluation on a case by case basis.
What you did as director of graduate studies has little bearing with what a
public university should do in evaluating candidates to undergraduate schools
in its system. But, in the case of such responsibilities, did you find
yourself firing off warning letters to various Christian schools and colleges
that unless the curricula they employed suited your thinking, the students
matriculated in them could never have a shot at competing for educational slots in
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