The judge is James Selna; a U.S. District Court judge. Selna was appointed to his judicial seat by then President George W. Bush. So far as I can tell, Selna had no qualifications for the post other than he was a lawyer and a Repugnican.
James Corbett is a high school history teacher. He said something in class that I probably would have said under the same circumstances. He said Creationism is "religious, superstitious nonsense," in a classroom lecture in 2007.
One of his students, a christianist creationist by name of Chad Farnan, sued his teacher claiming that Corbett was consistently hostile toward Christians in class and advocated "'irreligion over religion'" in violation of the First Amendments establishment clause."
Huh? That makes no sense whatsoever. And who said little Christian fundys are to be "protected" against the truth?
The whole thing went to court and Judge Selna ruled, incredibly, that the teacher had "violated the First Amendment by disparaging Christians during a classroom lecture." The Judge said that the teacher had no right to state that Creationism was religious hokum and superstitious nonsense. And further, this should remind all teachers "of their legal 'boundaries' as public school employees."
So, a teacher can no longer tell the truth?
Evidently, Jesus didn't care, as he didn't strike Corbett down to protect the poor frightened christianist student.
Here's what an incredulous PZ Myers had to say at Pharyngula:
"I am astounded that Corbett was found guilty of anything.
"First of all, he told the truth: creationism is religious, it is a product of superstition, and it is nonsense -- it doesn't fit any of the evidence we have about the history of the world or life on it. ...
"Secondly, we are being told over and over again that Christianity is not equivalent to creationism. This teacher specifically said that creationism is nonsense, and the judge has equated a dismissal of a weird anti-scientific belief with making a rude remark about Christianity. So...where are all the Christians rising in outrage at the slander of their faith?
"Thirdly, and this must be said, Chad Farnan is a self-righteous moronic creationist wanker who deserves to have his stupidity pointed out publicly, in the classroom and out of it, far and wide. Spread the word."
And all the people said, Amen!
Orange County Register article here.
The judges 39-page ruling here. (PDF)
More on the judge here.
PZ Myers' article here.
If, perchance, you think creationism is not specifically Christian, watch the video. Have a barf bag close by!