Case Dismissed

For months we’ve been following the case of Christine Comer, who filed a lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency challenging the constitutionality of its policy that requires its staff to be neutral on the topics of evolution and creationism. The case was dismissed earlier this week when a federal judge ruled that the agency’s neutrality policy doesn’t violate the constitution.
Comer was asking the court to overturn the policy and require the agency to give her back her job: She was forced to resign as the agency’s director of science curriculum after she forwarded an email from the National Center for Science Education (a pro-evolution group) announcing that Barbara Forrest would be speaking in Austin about (and against) attempts to get “intelligent design” into science classes. Comer said she was just passing on information; the agency saw it as an endorsement and terminated her employment. —Heather Wax

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