By Bryan Fischer
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The 9th Circuit just set itself upfor another smackdown from the United States Supreme Court by plunging the schools in its jurisdiction back into the Dark Ages of abysmal ignorance.
In all of its benighted wisdom, the 9th Circuit shredded the Constitution’s protection for free speech and academic freedom by ruling that Idaho schools may not have “primary religious texts included as part of the school curriculum."
So you can’t study the history of Judaism by referring to the Old Testament, the history of Christianity by referring to the New Testament, or the history of Islam by referring to the Qur’an.
A surer recipe for a new era of medieval darkness you cannot possibly find.
The only upside here is that it will put a stop to all that P.C. foolishness in California public schools, in which students dress up as Muslims, memorize the Qur’an, recite Islamic prayers, and assume Arabic names. And maybe the 9th Circuit does not want students to read the Qur’an for themselves, because they might stumble across the passage in which Allah through his holy prophet, peace be upon him, says, “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them” (Sura 9:5).
There are over 1300 references to scriptural themes or concepts in Shakespeare alone. If a student were to ask his instructor about one of those references, the teacher would have to rip that page right out of the volume of Shakespeare the class is using or say, “Johnny, I’m not allowed to tell you the source of that reference or I might get fired or thrown in jail. You will just have to stumble along in blindness and shameless ignorance.”
This decision is preposterous on its face, and flatly ignores the Supreme Court itself, which ruled in 1963 that "the Bible is worthy of study for its literary and historic qualities" so long as material is "presented objectively as part of a secular program of education."
Well, try telling that to the black-robed tyrants in San Francisco, who have yet to meet a constitutional right they like. Here’s hoping that this ruling will be immediately appealed to the Supreme Court and will be overturned so fast it’ll give you a nose bleed.
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