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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Jesus Christ, Scientist

The California state university system is turning down high school students who haven't met their prerequisistes in math, science, history, etc. Sounds normal, right? Not if you're a persecuted white evangelical Protestant. They can't seem to understand why a science course that teaches the earth is 6,000 years old and cavement enjoyed Brontosaurus burgers doesn't qualify as science. Even if you get an A.

Other courses rejected by UC officials include "Christianity's Influence in American History," "Christianity and Morality in American Literature" and "Special Providence: American Government."

The 10-campus UC system requires applicants to complete a variety of courses, including science, mathematics, history, literature and the arts. But in letters to Calvary Chapel, university officials said some of the school's Christian-oriented courses were too narrow to be acceptable.

According to the lawsuit, UC's board of admissions also advised the school that it would not approve biology and science courses that relied primarily on textbooks published by Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Books, two Christian publishers.

Instead, the board instructed the schools to "submit for UC approval a secular science curriculum with a text and course outline that addresses course content/knowledge generally accepted in the scientific community."

"It appears that the UC system is attempting to secularize Christian schools and prevent them from teaching from a world Christian view," said Patrick H. Tyler, a lawyer with Advocates for Faith and Freedom, which is assisting the plaintiffs.

There you go-- the classic 'liberal attack on religious freedom.'