Teacher sued for telling the truth

James “Jesus Glasses” Corbett: Update 25 Jun ‘10
[Via The Sensuous Curmudgeon]

THIS is about Dr. James Corbett, a teacher at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, California, whose classroom remarks that creationism is “superstitious nonsense” were ruled to have violated the Constitution’s establishment clause. He was sued by Chad Farnan, one of his students — presumably a creationist.

We don’t follow too many other blogs, but we seem to be the only one that’s paying much attention to this case. We don’t know why, because the wrong outcome will have a deleterious effect on science education and the freedom of teachers everywhere. Bear with us, you’ll understand.

Chad had also sued the school board — which was found not liable by the trial court. Both Corbett and Chad are appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Corbett wants to be found not liable, and Chad wants the court to impose even more liability.

Our last post on this topic was six months ago: James “Jesus Glasses” Corbett: Update 15 Dec ‘09. Appeals can take a long time, so there’s been nothing to report since then. Today, however, we do have some news:


This is what makes America so special – I don’t think there is another place on Earth where a student could successfully sue a teacher for calling creationism “religious, superstitious nonsense.”

Where is this false? It is religious. It is superstitious – a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary. And it is nonsense – words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas.

A student can sue, and win, because his feelings were hurt by a teacher’s expression of the truth. Ain’t America great!

I would add that I find it ridiculous. [You can read an earlier post by the Curmudgeon that demonstrates some of the ridiculousness of creationism]

Is a biology teacher supposed to allow a Young Earth Creationist to ignore the facts? If your religion is disparaged by facts, perhaps you should find another religion.

[Listening to: Nothing from Something from the album “Ignition” by The Offspring]

One thought on “Teacher sued for telling the truth

  1. I suppose it’s reasonable that creation myths be given a mention though, if they’re using the argument “to present all sides.” But they would have to present All sides.


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