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However, it says in part:

" You'd have thought that the district, with atheistic relish, had expunged all references to religion and even banned the Declaration of Independence from Stevens Creek Elementary. That's what the legal foundation representing teacher Stephen Williams claimed in a sensational press release that set off an uproar on talk radio and cable talk shows.

Now that U.S. District Court Judge James Ware has thrown out three of four claims that Williams made, at least it has become clear what the case was never about:

  • There was no basis for the claim that the district violated Williams' rights of free speech and religious expression.

    In his ruling last week, Ware noted that courts have ruled unequivocally that school districts, not individual teachers, have authority to decide what can be taught and what materials can be used in school.

  • There was no basis for the claim that the district was hostile to religion because Patricia Vidmar, the principal, prohibited supplementary materials Williams wanted to use, including an ``Easter Activity Sheet.''

    The district didn't ban teaching about religion. The state American history curriculum for fifth grade, which the district follows, includes an understanding of how religious ideas helped bring about the Revolution. But Vidmar had a responsibility to ensure that Williams didn't let his own personal religion color how history was taught.

  • There was no basis in claiming that the district's policy regarding the use of supplementary materials was vague.

    Ware found this claim ``disingenuous,'' since Stephens acknowledged that Vidmar made it clear which materials were permissible and which weren't. "