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Freedom of Religion - Part 1

• Two recent federal court rulings address the issue of whether textbooks used in public schools, and that are offensive to the religious beliefs of certain parents and students, can be banned on the ground they violate the first amendment guaranty of religious freedom. In one case, a federal appeals court (by a vote of 2-1) reversed a lower federal court ruling that the Holt, Rinehart, and Winston basic reading series used in grades 1 through 8 violated the constitutional rights of fundamentalist Christian parents. The parents had argued that the reading series contained numerous passages that violated their religious beliefs. In particular, they cited passages dealing with evolution, feminism, role reversal, and occultism. The court concluded that a requirement that a person be exposed to ideas he or she finds objectionable on religious grounds does not constitute an impermissable ...

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