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Teacher Fights to Post Declaration of Independence Quote("too Judeo-Christian?" )
worldnetdaily.com ^ | September 09, 2008 | Drew Zahn

Posted on 09/09/2008 11:34:22 PM PDT by kellynla

A math teacher sued his school district after the principal told him the words "In God We Trust" and "All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed By Their Creator" must be removed from his homeroom wall because they convey a Judeo-Christian viewpoint.

In January, Principal Dawn Kastner told Westview High School math teacher Bradley Johnson that a banner he had posted in his classroom for 25 years, and another that was posted for 17 years, needed to come down.

The older banner, measuring 7 feet by 2 feet, contained the words "In God We Trust," "One Nation Under God," "God Bless Ameirica" and "God Shed His Grace On Thee." The second banner quoted the Declaration of Independence by including the phrase, "All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed By Their Creator."

Even though 4,000 students have passed through Johnson's classroom without a single complaint in 25 years, the principal told Johnson the banners were now impermissible because of their religious content.

The Thomas More Law Center, a not-for-profit law firm dedicated to the defense of religious freedoms, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Johnson against the Poway Unified School District of San Diego, Calif., which includes Westview High School, claiming the order to remove the banners violated Johnson's First Amendment freedom of speech, particularly since the district permits other teachers to hang Buddhist, Islamic, and Tibetan prayer messages on their classroom walls.

Richard Thompson, president of the Law Center, commented, "Many public schools exhibit a knee-jerk hostility towards Christianity and seek to cleanse our nation's classrooms of our religious heritage while promoting atheism or other religions under the guise of cultural diversity."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: america; churchandstate; declaration; education; firstamendment; god; publicskrewels; sandiego; schools
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To: napscoordinator
“I agree but can we please just let the kids learn MATH?”

Not unless you homeschool...

these Liberals ALL have an agenda...and educating your children in the the three R's is secondary to their primary goal of indoctrinating them in Socialism/Marxism/Communism.

21 posted on 09/11/2008 7:23:10 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla
UPDATE: Bradley Johnson won:

http://ertwngr.blogspot.com/2010/03/judge-says-god-can-stay-in-american.html

http://www.thomasmore.org/downloads/sb_thomasmore/Johnson-PowayOrderGrantingSummaryJudgment.pdf

22 posted on 03/01/2010 12:01:19 PM PST by lowbridge ("We may be wrong, but the point is, we believe in what we're doing." - Joe Biden)
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