Saturday, October 17, 2009

Plaintiff Who Challenged Teacher's Remarks Now Speaks At Republican Fund Raisers

Earlier this year, California high school student Chad Farnan and his parents won a mixed victory in a lawsuit against Chad's former high school history teacher James Corbett. They alleged that Corbett made comments in class hostile to religion, particularly to Christianity. A federal court found that one of the teacher's comments violated the Establishment Clause, but on various grounds denied any sort of relief. (See prior posting.) Now, according to yesterday's Orange County (CA) Register, 17-year old Farnan is speaking at fund raisers for Republican candidates. At an event for Shawn Black, a candidate for the 70th Assembly District in Orange County, Farnan told the audience: "Now is the time to fight back, so our rights as Christians and conservatives can be taken back." The fundraiser's master of ceremonies told the audience: "We need to pray for [Farnan] because he is under attack for his faith." The Capistrano Valley High School senior has given about ten fund raising speeches since May.