The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to hear an appeal in Capistrano Valley High School's "Jesus Glasses" case.
That means the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last year that exonerated European history teacher James Corbett stands.
Corbett's former student, Chad Farnan, revealed that while he was a student in an advancement placement class in the fall of 2007, the teacher made remarks disparaging Christianity, including, "When you put on your Jesus glasses, you can't see the truth."
The instructor later argued he routinely tries to spark classroom discussion with such chatter, but Farnan, with the backing of fundamental Christian legal groups, sued Corbett. Rulings favored both sides before the 9th Circuit in San Francisco decided in Corbett's favor last August.
Erwin Chemerinsky, Corbett's attorney and the dean of UC Irvine's law school, called the final outcome a victory for teachers everywhere. His legal foes have claimed no court, including the Supremes, has addressed the case's core question: Did Corbett violate Farnan's First Amendment rights with the teacher's anti-Christian remarks?
Corbett still teaches at Capo Valley High, where students clubs dedicated to atheism and religious freedom sprung up in the wake of the five-year legal battle. Farnan has moved on to Pepperdine.
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