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Admissions at University of California more Difficult for Some Christians Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Aug 13, 2008, 01:21 pm

Admissions Cal U.jpgA federal judge ruled that the University of California can deny course credit to applicants from Christian high schools whose textbooks declare the Bible infallible and reject evolution.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, “rejecting claims of religious discrimination and stifling of free speech, U.S. District Judge James Utero of Los Angeles said UC’s review committee cited legitimate reasons for rejecting the texts – not because they contained religious viewpoints, but because they omitted important topics in science and history and failed to teach critical thinking.”

On Friday, Otero’s ruling focused on specific courses and texts, which followed his decision in March that found no anti-religion bias in the system of reviewing high school classes. Now that the lawsuit has been dismissed, a group of Christian schools has appealed Otero’s ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Filed in 2005, the suit challenged UC’s review of high school courses taken by would-be applicants to the 10-campus system. Many students qualify by taking an approved set of college preparatory classes; students whose courses lack UC approval can still retain eligibility by scoring well in those subjects on the Scholastic Assessment Test.

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written by Gangy , August 13, 2008

AMEN! People who study theology should attend a seminary. Universities are for students of science.

written by Bill M. , August 13, 2008

Please don't distort. The ruling is very narrow in intent, and quite reasonable. It simply says that UC need not credit students for science courses that are not, in fact, science courses at all but religion courses.

written by Paul Barnes , August 13, 2008

Bill M., you're right. Mr. McGregor's headline is misleading, at best.

In Friday's ruling, the court upheld the university's rejection of a history course called Christianity's Influence on America. According to a UC professor on the course review committee, the primary text, published by Bob Jones University, "instructs that the Bible is the unerring source for analysis of historical events" and evaluates historical figures based on their religious motivations.

Another rejected text, "Biology for Christian Schools," declares on the first page that "if (scientific) conclusions contradict the Word of God, the conclusions are wrong."

written by ElHombre , August 13, 2008

"Admissions at University of California more Difficult for Some Christians"

Specifically those who couldn't be bothered to learn actual science.

written by I'm not an ape! , August 13, 2008

I'm still waiting to see the "science" in evolution. Where are all those intermediary creatures that evolved from single cell organisms into humans? The fossil record has been scrutinized for nearly 200 years with NO (read zero) evidence that man has ever been anything other than man. To believe otherwise requires far more faith than Christianity.

written by Bill M. , August 13, 2008

not ape:
If you're serious about wanting to learn, start with Ernst Mayr's "What Evolution Is" and spend a little time on UC's website, http// . You may not agree, but at least you will have examined the evidence and we can have an intelligent discussion.

written by RelicMM , August 14, 2008

I'm Not an ape either! Good reporting.
Paul: Bob Jones University is misguided. According to the Word of Jesus, the church he built is the infallible source for religious belief and the authority for interpretation of the Bible. There is room for both evolution and creationism. God is the final authority for both.

written by Ken Dickson This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , August 14, 2008

California, the land of fruits & nuts!! Who is surprised? They would have a hard time with faith in anything but a Court making everyone comply to their radical thoughts! I look forward ti the day when they slide off into the ocean!

written by ElHombre , August 14, 2008

To the ape deniers: Please take a moment to educate yourselves in science before publicly embarrasing yourselves. Start by witnessing Newton's 'Theory of Gravity'. Step off a tall building. As you do not accept a mere scientific 'Theory', you should be quite safe.

Take it on faith.

written by ElHombre , August 14, 2008

To Ken: Your hope that California slides into the ocean depends on the 'Theory' of Plate Tectonics. You should instead maintain your faith by praying that California sinks into the Pacific. Now most folks would pause at the thought of desiring a disaster that would claim millions of lives, but I'm quite sure your irrational hatreds will sustain you through that hopefully brief moment of moral reticence on your part.

written by Ken Dickson This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , August 15, 2008

ElHombre, I will pray for you & hope you may one day "see the light" as obviously you don't now!!

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