Religious Bias: A judge bans humanist texts

A judge bans "humanist" texts

The First Amendment bans any governmental "establishment of religion." So, to avoid objections from school boards, textbook publishers have often purged mention of the religious underpinnings of events like Thanksgiving or of moral values involving such matters as teenage sex and divorce. The result is a temporal outlook that critics, particularly Christian Fundamentalists, contend has become a creed of its own, secular humanism. Last week U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand, who has previously indicated his sympathy for such arguments, banned 45 textbooks from Alabama public schools because they unconstitutionally promote "the religion of secular humanism."

Hand, concluding that the history,...

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