Sticking points in recent federal court case
In this week's Legal Times of D.C., Dr. Francis J. Beckwith offers an excellent analysis of the recent decision by Judge Clarence Cooper in Selman v. Cobb County School District. The article has the apt title of "Sticker Shock."
Beckwith is the author of Law, Darwinism and Public Education (available here and here), an outstanding book analyzing the constitutionality of presenting intelligent design theory. He has likewise published several articles related to this subject in law reviews and law journals. In this article, he brings his full expertise to bear in discussing the Judge's rationale in light of U.S. Supreme Court case law, while also focusing upon some of the larger philosophical issues. Notes Beckwith:
While the Cobb County sticker has its problems, what is far more troubling is how the court's analysis unfairly limits the rights of religious citizens to participate in the political process.Beckwith blogs regularly at Conservative Philosopher and Southern Appeal.
Further information on this case is available here, and in previous blog posts.
For another solid critique of this case, see attorney Brian Fahling's op-ed "Encouraging Critical Thinking Unconstitutional?" in New Hampshire's The Union Leader.