Christian Kids: Where’s Mine?


The Association of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming UC admissions officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution. Other rejected courses include “Christianity’s Influence in American History.”

According to the lawsuit, the Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta was told its courses were rejected because they use textbooks printed by two Christian publishers, Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Books.

Wendell E. Bird, a lawyer for the association, said the policy violates the rights of students and religious schools.

“A threat to one religion is a threat to all,” he said.

You know, it would be amusing to watch all these members of the dominant faith in America claim persecution around every corner, if not for the fact that their false claims and cries of “Mommy, the liberal school is being mean to me!” diminish the cause of everyone fighting to end actual religious persecution around the world. It’s a poster case for “Get off my side, you’re making my side look dumb.”

Mr. Bird, your clients are trying to pass off fiction as fact and demanding others approve of that behavior. You are asking the University of California to call your religion science. You should think a little harder before you ask that a taxpayer-supported university certify your beliefs. You want to see a real threat to religion? Ponder the logical extension of your request.

For what it’s worth, “Christianity’s Influence in American History” would be a class I’d like to take. But I don’t think the class I’m envisioning would teach what Mr. Bird’s clients want to learn.