Fundamentalist Students Sue Seeking Access to Calif. Higher Education

Article excerpt

A group of students at a California fundamentalist Christian high school is suing the University of California, alleging that the institution discriminates against them on the basis of what they are taught in class.

Six students at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta say university admissions policies cut against them. Students who want to attend the University of California (UC) must complete a sequence of university-approved college prep courses. University officials have refused to certify several courses taught at Calvary Christian, which the students say might make it hard for them to get admitted to the UC system.

The controversy centers on one literature and two history courses offered at Calvary Christian, reported the Riverside Press Enterprise. UC officials charge that the textbooks used in the courses contradict "generally accepted" knowledge in the academic community.

The texts in question were published by Bob Jones University Press and a fundamentalist publisher called ABeka Books. The Bob Jones book attacks evolution and tells students to "put the Word of God first and science second. …