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Court turns down Christian school's appeal in UC case

October 13, 2010 |  4:34 pm

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