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Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Circuit dismissed suit over Armenian genocide curriculum
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On August 11, 2010, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed a lawsuit challenging the exclusion of materials questioning the Armenian genocide from a school curriculum. The lawsuit was filed in 2005 by the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) after the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education removed materials from the school curriculum that called into question the circumstances and events of the Armenian genocide. The plaintiffs alleged that this violated their First Amendment rights because it interfered with their right to "inquire, teach and learn free from viewpoint discrimination." In upholding the lower court decision, former US Supreme Court justice David Souter, sitting by designation, found that this case fell outside of First Amendment protections.

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