Separation of church and state: no, you may not advertise your religion to your pupils

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.

One Response to “Separation of church and state: no, you may not advertise your religion to your pupils”

  1. Rennefaire Says:

    In his MATH classroom?

    Classy. no pun intended…


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