An adjunct professor at a community college claims that he was fired for telling students that the story of Adam & Eve was a fairy tale and should not be believed. (There was apparently also a question of his classroom manner, but let's put that aside for a moment.)
Under widely held views of the Establishment Clause and the separation of church and state, wasn't the school well within its rights? In fact, might it not be said that it acted prudently?
You could try to argue that the teacher had First Amendment rights to say what he wanted, but the trends in free speech protection for government employees run against that. The fact that he was at a college may help him there, but I am more interested in the Establishment Clause issue than the scope of an academic freedom excepion to the principle of this case (something about which I feel rather sympathetic.) Say he was an elementary or high school teacher. That might leave open a ray of hope for such an argument, but it's probably not much more that a single beam.
In any event, even if he had free speech rights, doesn't the school have a compelling reason to restrict them, i.e., avoiding an Establishment Clause violation?
If it's the duty of the state to remain neutral on questions of religion and not to endorse either religion or irreligion, how can the administrators of the college permit this guy to tell students that their religious beliefs are wrong?