February 06, 2005
Update on Cupertino Lawsuit
The Alliance Defense Fund has apparently filed a modified complaint in the Steven Williams lawsuit in Cupertino. The new complaint includes a couple of other handouts that the principal wouldn't allow Williams to hand out, both of them apparently with some historical problems of their own. ERiposte has posted an update to his response that includes a critique of those two new handouts. He also quotes from a letter sent from the ADF to one of the parents in the Cupertino school district, with the ADF saying:
"Some media reports have incorrectly characterized the lawsuit filed on behalf of teacher Stephen Williams against the Cupertino Union School District as challenging a complete ban by the school of the Declaration of Independence from the entire school. That characterization is wrong."
Amusing, but quite off point. The inaccuracy in the media reports is not over the question of whether the Declaration was banned from one classroom or from the whole school, but whether it was banned at all. The truth, of course, is that it was not banned at all. It's in the school's history textbooks and full copies of the Declaration are posted in the school, including in Mr. Williams' classroom. The ADF was the one who issued a press release when they filed the suit that was entitled "Declaration of Independence Banned From Classroom", and now they are actually blaming the media for taking them seriously. I blame the media for taking them seriously too, but since that lie began with the ADF, it's hardly credible for them to complain about it, now is it? It never ceases to amaze me that the same people who scream that there is no morality without their religious beliefs can behave so dishonestly.
January 02, 2005
Cupertino Parents Respond to Lawsuit
A group of over 100 parents in Cupertino, California have put up a website to respond to the innumerable inaccurate media reports of the situation in their schools that is the subject of a lawsuit by teacher Steven Williams, filed by the Alliance Defense Fund. The ADF's highly dishonest press release, titled Declaration of Independence Banned from Classroom, began the typical media frenzy surrounding such cases, most of it blindly accepting the nonsense in that story. The website includes letters and analysis from several parents within the school district. I've written a lot about the lawsuit here.
November 28, 2004
Update on the Declaration of Independence Story
It's looking more and more like the story is nonsense. According to the actual complaint filed, the principal did not ban the Declaration of Independence, but told him he could not hand out a list of excerpts and quotations that included one excerpt from the Declaration. Apparently what the teacher did was find as many excerpts as he could that referred to God and handed them out to his students, the type of absurd list put together by Christian Nation apologists like David Barton. Seeing the Forest has been following this story and has links to all the others who have been following it as well. Also see the information from Liz Ditz and Majikthise.