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Freedom of Religion - Part 2

• Can a public high school science teacher be dismissed for repeatedly making references to religion in his classes over the objections of his students and superintendent? Yes, concluded a Pennsylvania state court. The teacher allegedly had made numerous references in his classes to God, Christianity, demons, devils, prophesies from the book of Revelation, and hell. He allegedly required one student (who had been temporarily ousted from class for disciplinary reasons) to pray with him in a hallway as a condition of reentering the room, and informed his classes that "God is truth and truth is God." The teacher was warned repeatedly that his actions could lead to his dismissal. When asked pointblank if he would stop imposing his religious views on his classes, he answered "no," and explained that he "was a Christian and that part of his mission was in a sense evangelistic." The teacher ...

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  • January 2, 1989