A federal judge ruled that a public high school history teacher violated the First Amendment when he called creationism "religious, superstitious nonsense" during a classroom lecture. [...]
During the course of the litigation, the judge found that most of the statements cited in the court papers did not violate the First Amendment because they did not refer directly to religion or were appropriate in the context of the classroom lecture. [...]
[The judge dismissed all the other 19 statements the student complained about, including:]
- "when you put on your Jesus glasses, you can't see the truth."
- "Conservatives don't want women to avoid pregnancies — that's interfering with God's work"
- "When you pray for divine intervention, you're hoping that the spaghetti monster will help you get what you want."
- religion was "invented when the first con man met the first fool."