"...wouldn't comment on the school's policy on religion.."
<quoted text>Not sure I agree with you there, Bob. People should abide by employment legislation. We don't have many details of the case, but the school did need to 'settle'.
It is important to the children's welfare and for society for children to be educated together. We're all for freedom of choice, obviously, but that has to be balanced with the risks of segregation and descrimination. The child and society will suffer if the school is unreasonably religious,(or racist or any other "ism"). One's religion or lack of any shouldn't seriously affect employment at a SCHOOL, only an 'unethical indoctrination centre'. Society must ultimately decide through employment laws where the lines are drawn.
Here in the USA? A non-public school or university, that is, one entirely funded within itself, taking no state or federal monies, is able to "teach" pretty much any damn thing they like, without a lot of oversight.
Of course, if they do not meet certain standards of practice, they don't get accreditation. But some parents and students don't care about that, claiming it's "elitist".
I do not know how it is in the UK, though, but here in the USA? If the school was entirely privately funded, they would be within their rights to discriminate against a non-theist.
But public schools/universities? Cannot do that, nor can they discriminate against a theist either-- although they >>can<< expect the said professor to meet standard practice within his or her teaching field, that is, he/she cannot teach creationism as science.
But state/national universities tend to be quite secular anyhow, and it's never a real problem-- usually the theist who is also a creationist has broken so many OTHER rules? That it never gets down to the course content. Michael Behe is an excellent example: he was fired because he was a sh7t teacher; he never did really make the grade to qualify as a science teacher, and was sacked.
He did turn that failure into a sort of "lemonade" by "converting" to creationism-- rather convenient, that-- he wrote a very silly book (long since debunked) and made a mint selling that swill to idiots (creationists).
Things may be different in the UK, though.