Christian courses can't get college credit

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A Holy Bible and crucifixIf you want to send your kid to a high school where biology classes denounce evolution and where the bible is held as the ultimate reference, that's certainly your prerogative. That doesn't mean, U.S. District Judge James Otero says, that the University of California has to give students credit for those courses when they enter college.

When the university denied credit for the courses, however, the Christian schools called foul and demanded their classes be accepted. Naturally, they took their fight to court. Last Friday, though, Judge Otero ruled that the university can reject the religious texts. The ruling "confirms that [the University of California system] may apply the same admissions standards to all students and to all high schools without regard to their religious affiliations," says Charles Robinson, vice president for legal affairs for the UC system. He added that the Christian schools are looking for a "religious exemption from regular admissions standards."

On the other hand, Jennifer Monk, an attorney with Advocates for Faith and Freedom, said that the University "is attempting to secularize private religious schools." Not surprisingly, the schools are taking their case to the next level -- San Francisco's own Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The thing is, the university doesn't really care what you teach your students; all it cares about is what its students know.

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