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The Nation

March 06, 1987

School workers began pulling books from shelves to comply with a federal judge's order banning 45 texts from Alabama classrooms on grounds they promote a godless humanist religion. Meanwhile, a lawyer for 12 parents who joined Alabama as defendants in the case said they would file for a reversal next week with the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on the ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand. Hand said the use of the textbooks violates the Constitution's prohibition against the establishment of a religion by the state.

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