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The Nation

March 18, 1987

A federal judge amended his order banning 44 textbooks from Alabama public schools to permit limited use of four home economics texts. U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand rejected pleas of state school officials to allow all 44 to be used for the rest of this school year. Hand ruled March 4 that the 44 books violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the state from advancing religion in public schools. The books, Hand ruled, illegally promote a godless humanist religion.

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