A local calculus teacher's five-year legal battle over two banners in his classroom that reference God is now over.
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Brad Johnson, who teaches at Westview High School, was hoping to take his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the justices declined to hear the case.
"I prepared myself emotionally and mentally for either outcome, so I was disappointed," he told 10News.
Johnson told 10News his banners have never been about religion but rather patriotism and inspiration.
One banner includes the words, "One Nation Under God." Those words are recited by millions of children in school every day.
"For 25 years, no complained," said Johnson.
In 2007, one teacher did and it spawned a legal showdown with the Poway Unified School District that led to U.S. District Court and then the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Johnson won one battle and lost the other, but he said he was not going down without a fight.
"People fight and die for those values," said Johnson.
So, he took his case to the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the justices declined to hear the case and upheld the circuit court's ruling banning the banners.
Johnson then removed them and plans to leave the space blank.
"It's going to be a reminder to me of the battle I was in for five years," he said.
But giving up is not part of Johnson's equation.
"I'm not going to be silent now," he said.
He said has been just been booked for his first presentation.
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