Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2d Circuit Rejects Teacher's Suit Over Classroom Religious Displays

In Silver v. Cheektowaga Central School District, (2d Cir., Nov. 7, 2016), the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a Christian high school science teacher who was told to remove her classroom display of several Bible verses, other statements about God and a picture of three crosses on a hill. She was also told to prevent guest speakers from promoting religion religiously-themed postings from her classroom. (See prior posting.) The appeals court rejected the teacher's free speech, establishment clause and equal protection clause challenges. The Buffalo News last week reported on the decision.