July 03, 2008

Expelled Science Curriculum Director Sues Texas Education Agency

Christina Comer, who for almost a decade was the State Science Curriculum Director for Texas' public education system, is suing the state's Education Agency. Comer was expelled from her position for forwarding an email to her colleagues that announced a presentation critical of Neo-Creationism (AKA Intelligent Design).

Former state science director sues over intelligent design e-mail
By TERRENCE STUTZ / The Dallas Morning News

...Christina Comer, who lost her job at the TEA last year, said in a suit filed in federal court in Austin that she was terminated for contravening an unconstitutional policy at the agency that required employees to be neutral on the subject of creationism – the biblical interpretation of the origin of humans...

"The agency's 'neutrality' policy has the purpose or effect of endorsing religion, and thus violates the Establishment Clause," the lawsuit said.

Ms. Comer also said in her complaint that she was fired without due process after serving as the state science director for nearly 10 years.

Her lawsuit seeks a court order overturning the TEA's neutrality policy on teaching of creationism and declaring that her dismissal was unconstitutional. The suit also seeks her reinstatement to her old job...
Good luck to Ms. Comer on that suit. She may need it in a state in which supreme court judges come up with rulings protecting exorcists against lawsuits from injured victims.

If only the suit could also seek the removal of Don "Superbaby Made the World" McElroy from office...

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