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Court rejects religion lawsuit

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]sunfell)

This article talks about the rejection of a religiously motivated lawsuit over an evolution website:

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the University of California, Berkeley, that claimed an evolution education Web site unfairly promoted religions that accept the theory.

Jeanne Caldwell of Roseville, who sued in October in U.S. District Court, failed to prove her religious beliefs were offended enough to amount to a concrete injury, a judge ruled Monday.

The "Understanding Evolution" site, created by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education, has links to evolutionary theory teaching materials and religious groups who say the theory does not violate their beliefs.

The suit claimed the university was unconstitutionally expressing preference for religions accepting the evolutionary theory.

It names two UC Berkeley professors and a National Science Foundation administrator as defendants. The judge has not ruled on the science foundation's motion to dismiss.

"We are very pleased with the judge's decision and are hopeful that the defendants can now concentrate on helping to educate students about science," university counsel Christopher Patti said Wednesday.

The "Understanding Evolution" Web site is at http://evolution.berkeley.edu.


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