ACLU challenges California teacher

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The American Civil Liberties Union is questioning the appropriateness of a Fresno, Calif., community college instructor who, citing the Bible, is teaching students that human life begins at conception, homosexuality is a mental illness and climate change was prophesized.

Bradley Lopez, the instructor at Fresno City College, teaches health science.

The ACLU maintains that if student reports on Lopez are accurate, he’s violated state laws banning bias based on sexual orientation and prohibiting religious indoctrination in public schools.

“Fresno City College has an obligation to protect its students from religious indoctrination and anti-gay bias presented as ‘science’ or ‘fact,’” said ACLU attorney Elizabeth Gill.

School officials declined to comment.

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