'In God We Trust' banished from classroom Appeal planned as Tibetan prayer flags, Malcolm X statements approved
A team of free-speech experts has announced plans to challenge a decision by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that banished the national motto, "In God We Trust," from a school teacher's classroom, even while allowing the display of Tibetan prayer flags and the sayings of the Dalai Lama.
The Thomas More Law Center today said it will appeal the ruling from the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit to the full court.
If the appeal is accepted, it means that 11 judges on the bench would be selected to rehear the case that erupted over school district demands that Brad Johnson, a high school math teacher at the Poway Unified School District in San Diego, take down banners, including "One Nation Under God" and "God Bless America."
"Astonishingly, the officials left untouched classroom displays by other teachers that included Dalai Lama and Malcom X posters, Tibetan prayer flags, anti-religious song lyrics, and gay and lesbian promotional materials," the announcement from the law center said.
The school allowed a 35-to-40 foot string of Tibetan prayer flags with images of Buddha, a poster with the lyrics from John Lennon's anti-religion song "Imagine" (which begins, "Imagine there's no Heaven), a poster with Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi's "7 Social Sins," a poster of Muslim leader Malcolm X and another of Buddhist leader Dalai Lama.
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