Teacher who questioned evolution won't get his day in (Supreme) Court
In the 1998-99 school year, high school biology teacher Rodney LeVake questioned evolutionary theory and introduced students to Intelligent Design theory. The next year, he was reassigned. LeVake sued the school district, but the case was dismissed. A Minnesota appeals court upheld the dismissal. Now the Supreme Court is also turning the case away. "This court has never held that under the First Amendment, schools are the mere instruments of the advancement of the individual agendas of its teachers," says the school's lawyer. LeVake's lawyer, meanwhile, says his client "was silenced, not for anything he said in the classroom, but merely for holding a contrary viewpoint and expressing a desire to say certain things that the school district deemed out of step with its officially imposed orthodoxy."
Liberian President Charles Taylor: 'Jesus is not God' Liberian dictator and warlord Charles Taylor was apparently trying to promote himself as a religious bulwark in a country of sinfulness when he appeared on a national radio and television program. "There is this major sin in this country. God has punished this country, and has continued to punish this country until Liberians turn to God," he said. Yes, Mr. Taylor, many people believe there is major sin in your country. And they believe you're leading it. Taylor, however, disagrees that he's to blame. In fact, he seems to have argued that he's all that's standing between his nation and divine obliteration. "I have an altar and a chapel. I pray and I believe in God," he said. "I put my total trust in God. I am a very tough believer, I'm so tough about my beliefs about God that I don't compromise God even with ...1
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