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Saturday, August 27, 2005

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 UC draws the line on creationism, gets sued

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that a group representing California religious schools has filed a lawsuit accusing the University of California system of discriminating against high schools that teach creationism and other conservative Christian viewpoints:
The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming UC admissions officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin's theory of evolution. Other rejected courses include "Christianity's Influence in American History."...

"These requirements were established after careful study by faculty and staff to ensure that students who come here are fully prepared with broad knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed," [UC spokeswoman Ravi] Poorsina said.

The 10-campus UC system requires applicants to complete a variety of courses, including science, mathematics, history, literature and the arts. Under a policy implemented last year UC admissions authorities have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin's theory of evolution. Other courses rejected by UC officials include "Christianity's Influence in American History," "Christianity and Morality in American Literature" and "Special Providence: American Government."

Take a look at how these rejected books actually deal with science.

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