March 5, 1987 |
In a decision expected to have nationwide impact, a federal judge Wednesday banned the use of several dozen textbooks in Alabama's public schools, holding that they unconstitutionally promoted "the religion of secular humanism." U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand, ruling in a case that pitted the religious right against national civil libertarian lobbies, said the challenged textbooks violate First Amendment provisions mandating the separation of church and state.
October 15, 1987 |
Fundamentalist Christians attempting to ban from Alabama public schools 44 textbooks they say promote a godless religion asked a Supreme Court justice Wednesday to assure their case will not die before reaching the nation's highest court. The emergency request asked Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to keep the case alive until the full Supreme Court considers a formal appeal in the controversy.
March 16, 1987 |
When Judge W. Brevard Hand was about to rule on a controversial Alabama school textbook case recently, the question was not which way his decision would go--but how far. To the surprise of no one familiar with the case, Hand went the distance: He upheld the fundamentalist Christian plaintiffs, declared that "secular humanism" is a religion and banned more than 40 state-approved books that he ruled promoted the godless doctrine. The 63-year-old U.S.
October 28, 2005 |
HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy, who was acquitted in June of a $2.7-billion fraud, surrendered to federal marshals on charges of bribing former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Scrushy, who denies the accusations, arrived at the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., then went to the marshal's office. Siegelman, a Democrat, also gave himself up to federal authorities in Montgomery. Two other former state officials also were charged in the case.