The Guardian reports that Christian teenager from California has won a court case against a high school teacher who referred to creationism as "superstitious nonsense". Chad Farnan, a student at Capistrano Valley high school, alleged that his former European history teacher James Corbett had made a series of comments that were "derogatory, disparaging and belittling regarding religion and Christianity in particular". In the end only the comment in which Corbett expressed his "unequivocal belief that creationism is superstitious nonsense"
In his 37-page ruling, Judge James Selma found that this comment violated the establishment clause of the first amendment of the US constitution, which is widely seen as preventing both the promotion of, and expression of hostility towards, religion among government employees. Selma ruled that Corbett's comment amounted to "improper disapproval of religion in violation of the establishment clause".
The judge stressed that his ruling also implied that promotion of religion is forbidden in schools, ensuring that education could function "free of the strictures of any particular religious or philosophical belief system".
Update: As one reader kindly pointed out, the teenager, Chad Farnan, has his own website on which he is proclaiming his victory over his teacher. Have a look - oh dear.