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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 67 Written : 08/11/94 06:07pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Evolution vs. Creationism Evolution v Creationism -- Again The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (CA) is at it again. This time (July 26, 1994) it has refused to rule on a religious issue and sent a case back to a lower federal court. John Peloza, a high school biology teacher, sued the Capistrano Unified Schools District in Orange County, California, claiming that its refusal (in 1991) to permit him to teach biblical "scientific" creationism, supported Atheism and showed hostility to religion. He also complained that he was required to teach evolution in his biology classes and that he was forbidden to try to convert his public school students to Christianity or to initiate conversations about his religious beliefs on school grounds. The court dismissed the latter complaints but held that the requirement to teach evolution "as a fact" violated Peloza's religious beliefs. Peloza and his attorney viewed the decision as affirming that public schools cannot suppress "alternate views" of the origin of life. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 94 Written : 09/08/94 04:57pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Daggers at School OK YOU CAN TAKE WEAPONS TO SCHOOL -- IF YOU ARE RELIGIOUS Well, another blow for religious accommodation has been struck. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that Sikh children may attend classes while wearing daggers. In a 2-1 ruling, the court held that the Livingston Union School District must accommodate the religious beliefs of these children in this regard. The Sikh religion (founded in northern India) requires that its male members carry "kirpans," ceremonial but lethal daggers at all times. The kirpan has a 4-inch blade. The court felt that the school district could find a way to allow the children to carry the knives without endangering the lives of others. Other school districts in the U.S. and Canada permit Sikh students to wear kirpans if the daggers are blunted or fastened to their sheaths. The students had made their legal appeal under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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