Sacramento, Calif., Nov 24, 2004 / 22:00 pm
A California school threw “aside all common sense” in its decision to ban a teacher from providing students with handouts of historical documents because they include references to God, says lawyer Gary McCaleb.
McCaleb serves with the Alliance Defense Fund, which filed suit Tuesday against California's Cupertino Union School District after school principal Patricia Vidmar told a teacher that he could not distribute historical documents that mentioned God.
The principal of Stevens Creek Elementary School ordered the Christian teacher – but no others – to submit his lesson plans and handouts for review.
Some of the documents rejected by the principal included excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, the diaries of George Washington and John Adams, writings from William Penn and various state constitutions.