U.S. Supreme Court asked to permit religious banners in classroom
A conservative public-interest law group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a San Diego-area mathematics teacher must remove banners mentioning religion from his classroom.
In September, a three-judge panel ruled that the Poway Unified School District enjoys the same privileges as a private employer in regulating the conduct of an employee during working hours.
The district has fought since 2007 to force Bradley Johnson to remove banners saying “In God We Trust,” “One Nation Under God,” and “God Bless America" from his classroom at Westview High School in Rancho Bernardo.
Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center, said Tuesday that the school board’s decision “is a prime example of how public schools across our nation are cleansing our classrooms of our Christian heritage while promoting atheism and other non–Christian religions under the guise of cultural diversity.”
-- Tony Perry
Photo: Bradley Johnson in his classroom with banners that Poway school officials told him to take down. Credit: Thomas More Law Center