In Capistrano Valley, California a high school student recently won a law suit filed against history teacher James Corbett. The student at Capistrano Valley High School, Chad Farnan, alleged that Corbett made remarks critical of Christianity, and did not maintain a neutral status toward religion in the classroom.
The lawsuit [contended], among other things, that Corbett told students during class that “when you put on your Jesus glasses, you can’t see the truth”; said that religion is not “connected with morality”; compared Christians to “Muslim fundamentalists” who want women to “stay pregnant, barefoot, and in the kitchen and have babies until your body collapses”; and suggested that churchgoers are more likely to commit rape and murder.
All but one of Corbett’s comments were ruled to be within the parameters of The First Amendment when taken in the appropriate context, however the judge ruled in favor of Farnan.
In his ruling, the judge said he tried to balance the rights of both parties. “The court’s ruling reflects the constitutionally permissible need for expansive discussion, even if a given topic may be offensive to a particular religion,” he said. “The decision also reflects that there are boundaries. The ruling protects Farnan, but also protects teachers like Corbett in carrying out their teaching duties.”