Judge rules God banner can stay

SAN DIEGO " A San Diego federal judge has upheld the free speech claim of a Christian math teacher asked to take down classroom banners with the words "God" and "Creator."

Westview High School teacher Bradley Johnson filed a civil rights claim against the Poway Unified School District after he was told the banners promote a "Judeo-Christian" viewpoint.

The seven-foot banners include "In God We Trust" and "All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed By Their Creator."

Judge Robert Benitez on Friday refused to dismiss the case, saying the banners provide "healthy exposure" to diverse ideas.

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