March 6, 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.
March 25, 1987 |
Lawyers for the Alabama Board of Education sent a notice of appeal to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, seeking reversal of a judge's ruling banning 44 textbooks from Alabama public schools for promoting the "religion" of secular humanism. U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand banned the books March 4 on grounds that they promoted humanism as a religion, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from establishing a religion.
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March 14, 1987 |
Two civil liberties groups representing parents of Alabama public schoolchildren said Friday that they will appeal last week's court ruling banning 44 texts that allegedly promote the "religion" of secular humanism. The American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way also warned that the decision by U.S. District Court Judge W. Brevard Hand will unleash a host of challenges to public school education by Christian fundamentalists seeking to promote their sectarian views.
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.
June 20, 2004
This editorial page rarely sees eye to eye with Justice Clarence Thomas on the Constitution. But in concluding last week that the words "under God" unconstitutionally transform the Pledge of Allegiance into something of a religious incantation, the Supreme Court justice got it right. Half right, anyway. We'll get to the other half in a bit. Thomas' surprising assertion came in his dissent from the court's non-decision last week on the pledge.