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First Amendment rights go only so far in schools, federal court rules

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September

Here's a case out of California that raises national implications.

A San Diego math teacher posted large banners in his classroom proclaiming "In God We Trust" and "God Shed His Grace On Thee."

He said the banners celebrate America's religious heritage. His principal said they promote a "particular viewpoint," according to the LA Times

The teacher, who sponsors his school's Christian club, said he was being singled out, and he sued. 

Now, a federal appeals court has sided with the school, saying government entities have essentially the same rights as private firms in regulating workplace speech. Read the ruling here.

Of course, the courts get the final say. But what do you think?

Should a teacher be able to post words on the wall that appear on all U.S. paper money? Or that come from one of the nation's most popular patriotic song? Is this any different than a teacher putting a poster of the Dalai Lama in his classroom?

Or, is this the promotion of religion in a way that should not be allowed?

[Last modified: Friday, September 16, 2011 6:33am]

    

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