Wright v. Houston Independent School District

Wright V. Houston Independent School District

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Wright v. Houston Independent School District was a 1972 America legal case brought by a parent of a student in the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas suing on behalf of her daughter and fellow students to prevent the district from teaching evolution as fact and without reference to alternative theories. The plaintiffs claimed evolutionary theory endorsed a secularist religious view, and argued the school's failure to incorporate the teaching of a particular religious alternative to evolutionary theory as derived from the Bible's creation account held that religious view up to ridicule and contempt. To allow evolution while avoiding creationism was unconstitutional, the suit claimed, because it advanced one particular sectarian view over another."Memorandum and Order",Rita Wright et al v. Houston Independent School District et al, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division-District Judge Seals presiding, August 3, 1972, amended October 30, 1972, The plaintiffs maintained that the school's evolutionary teaching constituted "the establishment of a sectarian, atheistic religion" and was an interference of their own rights to the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the Establishment clause in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.486 F2d 137 Wright v. Houston Independent School...
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