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Court turns down Christian school's appeal in UC case

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal from a Riverside County Christian high school that alleged the University of California violated its students’ freedom of religion by not accepting some classes for admissions requirements.

Without comment, the high court Tuesday let stand lower federal court decisions that upheld UC’s disqualification of some English, history, government and religion classes at Calvary Chapel Christian School of Murrieta for being too narrow or unscholarly to fulfill UC entrance requirements.

In the case, which was filed in 2005, lower courts said UC did not display any hostility toward the school’s Christian doctrines.

David M. Birnbaum, UC's deputy general counsel, said he was "pleased with the outcome of the case, which supports our faculty’s role in assessing the academic requirements or UC-eligible coursework."

Jennifer Monk, an attorney who represented Calvary Chapel and an association of Christian schools, said she was disappointed but maintained that the university had "made a conscious decision to discriminate."

 Monk, who works for the religious liberty law firm Advocates for Faith and Freedom, noted, however, that students at the high school are able to take enough UC-approved courses to be eligible for UC admission. 

-- Larry Gordon

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"made a conscious decision to discriminate." Really? If you don't meet the requirements you don't get in...nuff said!

Muslims and Christians are being persecuted by the UC system.I think Christions should join our Muslim brothers to fight this discrimination :).

What's the commotion? I teach in public school, and some of our courses aren't UC eligible either. The Honors and CP courses are rigorous, therefore meeting the UC mandates and qualifying for the A-G component, but some of our courses aimed at helping those below grade level do not. You have to earn the stamp of approval, and if the Christian school does offer UC eligible CP courses, then it knows precisely what qualifies. Obviously, the other courses don't meet the curricular rigor. Electives have their place as well.

At least they teach them SOME things they can use to get into college. Maybe even something useful about life, too. Hey, it's possible.

The arrogance of the christian right must be held in check. They can't be allowed to win!

You can't trust any Republican this year or ever!

I am always pleased to see the church get knocked down by a court when they try to turn religion into something that deserves fundamental protection without question. Even if the UC system were discriminating based on religion (which they obviously weren't here, and why would they even have reason to?) why is someone's religion so untouchable? It's a lifestyle choice, just like having children or getting fat. It's a free country. Practice whatever lame superstitious cult you want in your own space on your own time. Don't try and thrust it on a public education system. Not gonna work.

One of the things I've noticed about the more fundamentalist Christian high schools and homeschool programs is that they tend not to give the detailed information about college entrance rates as other private schools do. I don't know if this is true across the board, but for the fundamentalist schools I've looked into, it was. There was also a tendency not to be accredited, even by the main Christian school accreditation groups. One of the schools I was checking into also was encouraging their students to take college correspondence courses from an unaccredited fundamentalist college that is flagged on watchdog sites as being a diploma mill.


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