The Supreme Court issued an order yesterday denying certiorari to Johnson v. Poway Unified School District. In Johnston, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that a California public school did not violate Mr. Johnston’s right to freedom of speech by ordering him to remove a large banner in his classroom with several references to God such as “God Bless America” and “God shed His grace on thee.”
The 9th Circuit stated: “We consider whether a public school district infringes the First Amendment liberties of one of its teachers when it orders him not to use his public position as a pulpit from which to preach his own views on the role of God in our Nation’s history to the captive students in his mathematics classroom. The answer is clear: it does not.”
The Supreme Court has denied an appeal of this decision without comment.
Here’s a link to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, Johnson v. Poway Unified School District.