Law: Going Back to the Books

Fundamentalists lose two court battles against "godless" texts

It was a week for unburning the books. In two major cases just two days apart, Fundamentalist Christians were dismayed to see federal appeals courts throw out earlier rulings against public school textbooks. As a result, pupils returning to reading classes in Hawkins County, Tenn., can still be required to tackle the themes in The Wizard of Oz and The Diary of Anne Frank, among a * host of other books deemed "godless" by a group of parents. And in Alabama, teachers will still be using 44 texts that Fundamentalists had sued to remove for promoting the "religion" of secular humanism.

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