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Local Creationists, Texas Higher Ed Board Now Fighting Over Grad Degree in Two Courtrooms

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A Friend of Unfair Park wondered earlier this week what had become of the Institute for Creation Research's federal lawsuit filed in April against the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in which the Dallas-based organization claimed the THECB violated its constitutional rights when it refused to grant the ICR's request to dole out master's degrees in science. Well, turns out, quite a bit's happened -- including the filing of a similar suit in Travis County, which has since been moved to federal court in Austin. And the whole shebang now has its own page on the National Center for Science Education's Web site, which has collected some of the more pertinent legal docs filed in recent weeks.

But not included are two docs you'll find after the jump, including the ICR's motion for summary judgment filed in Dallas federal court three weeks ago and the defendants' response, filed only yesterday. In short: The ICR claims that since it doesn't take government money, the government doesn't have the right to tell it what kind of degrees it can hand out. Meanwhile, the THECB members member say District Judge Jane Boyle can't rule on the case yet because, look, they haven't even responded to the original complaint yet, come on.

Institute for Creation Research's Motion for Summar Judgment

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Response

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