Remember Chris Comer, the former director of science curriculum for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) who was forced to resign over a bogus controversy concerning intelligent design? According to the Observer blog, she has now filed a lawsuit against her former employer.
The suit alleges that Comer's termination violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. What's interesting is how the suit reaches that conclusion:
1) Creationism is a religious belief
2) The Establishment Clause forbids the teaching of religion (read: creationism) in public schools. [The suit makes liberal reference to Kitzmiller v. Dover, the landmark 2005 case in which a conservative Bush-appointed judge rejected the teaching of intelligent design as an alternative to evolution.]
3) The Texas Education Agency has a tacit policy of "neutrality" on evolution vs. creationism.
4) The"neutrality" policy is in fact an endorsement of creationism - and religion - and is unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause.
5) Comer was fired for violating an unconstitutional policy.
Conclusion: "Comer's termination... violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution... because it has the purpose or effect of endorsing religion."