Ruling Favors Christian Students' Discrimination Claim Against UC
By Jim Brown and Jenni Parker
August 16, 2006
(AgapePress) - A federal judge has rejected the University of California's motion to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses it of viewpoint discrimination against Christian students. Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta filed suit last summer against the UC system, claiming it prohibits high school students from receiving academic credit for courses taught from a Christian perspective.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, California, after six Calvary Chapel Christian School students claimed their religious views had hurt their chances of being accepted to a UC campus. Joining Calvary as a co-plaintiff is the Association of Christian Schools International, which represents 800 religious schools nationwide.
The claimants' lawsuit accuses the UC system of violating Christian students' rights by rejecting private Christian school courses such as Calvary's "Christianity's Influence on American History" and "Christianity and Morality in American Literature" as too narrow, meanwhile giving credit for other schools' curriculum offerings, including courses like "Jewish History" and "Ethnic Experience in Literature."