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Monday, Mar 26, 2012
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel David Cortman regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling, a challenge to Idaho’s ban on public school usage of texts and documents deemed to be “religious”--even if they are classical books from Western Civilization taught with regard to their literary and historical importance:

“Every student deserves a quality education. Banning classical religious texts denies students the right to learn what they need to know about world history and the world in general. For that reason, the decision of the Supreme Court not to review this case is regrettable, especially in light of the high court’s existing precedent stating that even ‘the Bible may constitutionally be used in an appropriate study of history, civilization, ethics, comparative religion, or the like.’ We trust the court will reaffirm that conclusion in the future. In the meantime, it’s no surprise that the call for school choice has become so popular: When government officials ban the objective study of all religiously-themed texts--like the Bible, the Iliad, and the Odyssey--it does nothing but dumb-down public education.”

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Previous News Releases

Legal Documents

Reply brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
Petition for certiorari: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
Petition for rehearing en banc: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
9th Circuit panel ruling: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
Opening appellate brief: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
Notice of appeal: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
District court decision and order: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling
Complaint: Nampa Classical Academy v. Goesling

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ABOUT David Cortman

David A. Cortman serves as senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom. Cortman heads all direct litigation efforts to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family. He has successfully litigated over 200 cases at every level, including recent victories at the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. A member of the bar in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice in over two dozen federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Cortman obtained his J.D. magna cum laude from Regent University School of Law.