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題名: Student, 16, Finds Allies in His Fight Over Religion
記者: By PATRICK McGEEHAN
発行日: February 20, 2007
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Last fall Matthew LaClair, a 16-year-old high school student from New
Jersey, secretly taped his history teacher telling students in class
that if they do not believe that Jesus died for their sins, they
"belong in hell."
The teacher is also heard telling the class that there were dinosaurs
aboard Noah's ark and that there is no scientific basis for evolution
or the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe.
In the United States it is illegal to preach religion in public
Matthew turned over the tapes to school officials and has since been
the target of harassment, received death threats from fellow students,
and "retaliation" from school officials who have treated him, not the
teacher, as the problem.
The retaliation includes the district's policy banning students from
recording what is said in class without the teacher's permission and
officials' refusal to punish students who have harassed Matthew.
On February 13th, Matthew and his parents Paul and Debra LaClair
threatened to file a legal claim against the school board, the history
teacher and other school officials.
They are demanding an apology to Matthew and public correction of some
of the teacher's statements in class.
This week, Matthew drew some legal heavyweights into his battle.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the People for the American Way
Foundation and a partner from a large Manhattan law firm, have
volunteered to stand beside the student and his family if their
complaints are not resolved.
A lawyer representing the family said he did not understand why school
officials would not "stand up for this student, who had the guts to
raise this constitutional issue." Instead, he said, they appear "to
have adopted a shoot-the-messenger policy."
The lawyer representing the school board, said school officials had
addressed Matthew's complaints and had reaffirmed their commitment to
the separation of church and state in the classroom.
The school district would not disclose what action it had taken
against the accused teacher, who continues to teach the same course.
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