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Public Teachers Not Constitutional Protected from Teaching Evolution

Teacher's religious freedoms not violated because evolution not a religion, court rules.

Key point: Public school teachers do not necessarily have a constitutional right to teach creationism or engage in religious conversations with students during school hours.

• A federal appeals court ruled that a public school science teacher's constitutional rights were not violated by a school policy requiring him to teach the theory of evolution, and prohibiting him from talking with students about religion during school hours. The court concluded that evolution is not a religion, and accordingly the teacher's constitutional right to religious freedom was not violated by the school policy requiring him to teach evolution. The teacher also claimed that his constitutional right of free speech was violated by a school policy prohibiting him from "any attempt to convert students to Christianity or initiating conversations about [his] religious beliefs during instructional time" ...

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  • November 1, 1995

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