The New York Times’ Carolyn Marshall does an admirable job of refereeing in her latest story, about a pending lawsuit between parents from the Calvary Chapel Christian School, in Murrieta, California, and the University of California, over a set of Christian-themed courses taught at Calvary that weren’t certified as acceptable foundation courses for students applying to U.C. Balancing the official line from U.C. representatives — that classes like “Special Provenance: Christianity and the American Republic” are too biased or narrow to provide students with the proper level of subject understanding necessary to enter U.C. — and that of the Christian litigants — that such a refusal of certification amounts to “viewpoint discrimination” and “government censorship” of religion — Marshall sketches out the drama that’s scheduled for court-time on December 10th. Marshall lets the parents of Calvary hang themselves (or at least hang their cause as somewhat hysterical) with their own rope — submitting a biology textbook that admits to placing science “second”; claiming God is now as endangered in Christian academies as He ever has been in public schools — in a way that makes the case for overreaction better than any editorializing could.