Creationists gets it wrong again
Tip a glance... Not only does this Creationist get origins of
species confused with the origins of life, he continues to try
to exact revenge from the school which employs him for his
having slapped-down for trying to spread his occultism in the
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By BOB EGELKO - Associated Press Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A skeptical federal appeals court revived
a lawsuit by a high school biology teacher who said he had to teach
evolution as a fact rather than a theory, violating his religious
John Peloza may be able to prove that the school district
"supported atheism" and showed hostility to religion by requiring
the teaching of evolution as an undisputed fact, the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals said Monday.
That claim will be "very difficult to support factually" and
requires proof that the district ignored its own policies, which
describe evolution as a scientific theory, the court said. But it
said Peloza should have a chance to gather evidence about the
district's actions of the Capistrano Unified School District in
Peloza's lawyer, Cyrus Zal, said the ruling should mean that
school officials cannot suppress alternate views of the origin of
But David C. Larsen, the school district's lawyer, said the
ruling was consistent with the policies of the district and the
state to teach evolution as a scientific theory.
To win the case, Larsen said, Peloza will have to show "not
only that we ignore our own policy but that we require him to
teach as a positive fact that there was no creator. I don't think
the facts will bear that out."
Peloza, a veteran biology teacher at Capistrano Valley High
School, sued the district, board members and school administrators
in 1991, after being reprimanded the previous fall for allegedly
teaching religion in his classroom.
He said in his lawsuit that he was not trying to promote
biblical creation doctrine but objected to teaching what he called
"evolutionism" as the only valid scientific theory.
He now teaches health and physical education at the school.
U.S. District Judge David Williams dismissed the lawsuit,
saying Peloza could not show his rights were violated even if he
proved all his factual allegations.
Declaring the lawsuit to be frivolous, he ordered Peloza to pay
the district $32,000 for its costs and legal fees.
The appeals court overruled the $32,000 payment order, saying
the lawsuit raised some important legal questions. The court said
one of Peloza's claims, if proven, could show that the district
violated the government's duty of religious neutrality.