A federal judge has ruled that a Christian school’s lawsuit alleging religious discrimination in the University of California system’s admission practices can go forward.
Judge S. James Otero, of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 8 denied the UC system’s motion to dismiss the case. It was brought by the Association of Christian Schools International, located in Colorado Springs, Colo., and by Calvary Chapel Christian School, in Murrieta, Calif., and five families of students there.
The lawsuit, filed last year, charges that the policies used by the UC system, which has nine undergraduate campuses, are unconstitutional because of their refusal to recognize certain courses with religious content as valid for admission. Those courses include religious-themed classes in English, history, and science.
In particular, the lawsuit alleges bias in UC system’s refusal to accept classes that espouse creationism, or the belief that God created the universe, and reject the theory of evolution.
A version of this article appeared in the August 30, 2006 edition of Education Week