Dispatches from the Creation Wars

El Tejon Update

The NCSE’s legal blog reports that there is a hearing scheduled on Tuesday in Federal court to hear arguments on the plaintiff’s motion for a temporary injunction preventing the school from teaching the course in question while it is fought out in court. There was also a report in the Bakersfield, CA newspaper that the school has entered into negotiations with Americans United over a possible setlement in the case. Unfortunately, I can’t get to that article.


  1. #1 sdanielmorgan
    January 15, 2006

    The full-text of the article is available with free registration from The Bakersfield Californian, or see it here.

  2. #2 Michael "Sotek" Ralston
    January 16, 2006

    From the article as reposted by Daniel:

    Frederiksen said he and other parents backing the class may hire an attorney and file a cross-complaint against the other group of parents. Trying to stop an elective course is illegal, he said, because it’s not mandatory. “We feel our children’s First Amendment rights have been violated,” Frederiksen said.

    Am I the only person who finds this claim just a little bit worrying?

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    January 16, 2006

    Michael Ralston wrote:

    Am I the only person who finds this claim just a little bit worrying?

    What worries you about it? They have no chance of winning such a suit. There is no first amendment right to have the school teach what you want them to teach.

  4. #4 Michael "Sotek" Ralston
    January 16, 2006

    Ed: What worries me is that people actually believe that.

    And I know he’s going to lose, hard, if he tries a counterclaim… but how many people have tried that threat in lower-profile cases and won?

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