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Birdville student suspended for ripping Bible
Star-Telegram ^ | Nov 2, 2013 | Elizabeth Campbell

Posted on 11/06/2013 8:00:20 AM PST by Kip Russell

Isaiah Smith is no stranger to crusades.

He’s spoken out on gay rights before, last year appearing before the Keller City Council on the need for an anti-discrimination ordinance.

But when the 18-year-old Birdville High School senior spoke out for gay rights in class this week after he said he was bullied — ripping apart his Bible to make a point — it earned him a three-day suspension.

Smith said the suspension is unfair and that he intends to sue the district to remove the disciplinary action from his record. An attorney from the American Humanist Association has taken on his case for free.

“At my high school, some kids like to say that being gay is a sin and that you can’t be gay and Christian,” Smith said. “I wanted to bring my Bible to school and interpret the books of Leviticus and Romans, because they are often used to bully gay people.”

Mark Thomas, a spokesman for the Birdville School District initially said that, while federal law prevents him from talking specifically about what happened, any student who disrupts the learning environment will be disciplined according to the BISD Student Code of Conduct.

But later Thomas added that Smith’s suspension had nothing to do with the passages in the Bible but with the student’s behavior.

Thomas said that the district, after hearing about Smith’s claims that he was being bullied, has initiated an inquiry into his claims.

“I can assure you that the district investigates and addresses all reports of bullying that it receives,” Thomas said.

The incident began Monday when Smith said he brought his Bible to his first-period Spanish class after earlier being bullied for his sexual orientation.

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TOPICS: Education; Religion; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bibledesecration; dfw; firstamendment; fortworth; gaystapo; homosexualagenda; northrichlandhills; texas

1 posted on 11/06/2013 8:00:20 AM PST by Kip Russell
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2 posted on 11/06/2013 8:00:45 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell
I dare him to rip the Holy Queeran.
3 posted on 11/06/2013 8:01:12 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I dare him to confess that he lied about being bullied.


4 posted on 11/06/2013 8:04:37 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kip Russell

“spoke out for gay rights in class this week after he said he was bullied”

Here we go.


5 posted on 11/06/2013 8:04:51 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: Olog-hai

bump

These people are attention hounds.


6 posted on 11/06/2013 8:07:38 AM PST by GeronL
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To: Olog-hai

The Tawana Brawley factor is so obvious these days that it’s easy to miss.


7 posted on 11/06/2013 8:08:04 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Kip Russell

I’m offended! (Throw the book at him.)


8 posted on 11/06/2013 8:09:22 AM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Kip Russell

The bullies are the gay rights activists. Anyone who would rip apart his own Bible has a problem with what he sees there, and not with someone else.


9 posted on 11/06/2013 8:09:55 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: Kip Russell
the American Humanist Association has taken on his case
10 posted on 11/06/2013 8:12:14 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Kip Russell

Two things:

1) If he wants to rip HIS Bible, then no one cares. It is yours, if you don’t want to follow it, don’t; it is your soul to screw up.

2) It sounds like he was disrupting class and not allowing the teacher to teach. THAT is why he was suspended - NOT his ripping of his Bible and certainly NOT for being gay (although you know he and the LGBTQ#US groups are going to try and play that card)!


11 posted on 11/06/2013 8:14:35 AM PST by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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Re 2:

Looks like it had been a well-used Bible (or perhaps it was passed down to him from a relative). Sorry to hear that he chose to denigrate the 'lamp unto his feet, and the light unto his path' and to instead walk in the way of darkness.
'Bullying' -- there is an overused word for you. Disagree with me - and you are a bully. Warn me of the danger of living in sin ('the broad way that leadeth to destruction -- where many go in thereat'), and telling me not to be deceived (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God) - and you are a hater or a bully...
More watering-down of the English Language by PC-speak.

12 posted on 11/06/2013 8:14:47 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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You cannot practice habitual sin such as homosexuality and be saved. Christ abides within a believer. Gods very word tells us homosexuality is a sin. Gids word endures forever, ask King Jehoiakim.


13 posted on 11/06/2013 8:15:42 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine

should have been Gods not GIDS


14 posted on 11/06/2013 8:16:45 AM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Kip Russell

Good thing it wasn’t the Koran.


15 posted on 11/06/2013 8:17:26 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: oh8eleven; windcliff; stylecouncilor

So funny....


16 posted on 11/06/2013 8:20:20 AM PST by onedoug
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To: ThisLittleLightofMine
should have been Gods not GIDS

Newbie question...is there any way to edit one's post after it's been posted? Many forums let you do so.

17 posted on 11/06/2013 8:22:12 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell
“At my high school, some kids like to say that being gay is a sin and that you can’t be gay and Christian,” Smith said. “I wanted to bring my Bible to school and interpret the books of Leviticus and Romans, because they are often used to bully gay people.”

I'm sure there are some adulterers, thieves and murderers who would like to bring their Bibles and re-interpret the Scriptures that condemn their actions too.

The problem isn't the kids and their interpretations. The problem is what the Bible clearly says and this fellow's inability to accept it.

He can either repent his homosexuality or he can find a new religion. He doesn't get to misrepresent a religion in order to deny what it clearly says.

18 posted on 11/06/2013 8:23:03 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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...when the 18-year-old Birdville High School senior spoke out for gay rights in class this week after he said he was bullied — ripping apart his Bible to make a point — it earned him a three-day suspension. Smith said the suspension is unfair and that he intends to sue the district to remove the disciplinary action from his record. An attorney from the American Humanist Association has taken on his case for free.

Ping for later

19 posted on 11/06/2013 8:25:31 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: OrangeHoof
He doesn't get to misrepresent a religion in order to deny what it clearly says.

He certainly has the right to misrepresent it...just as others have the right to point out that he's incorrect.

20 posted on 11/06/2013 8:26:40 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Only easy for libs. Sharpton could pull the wool over their eyes again if he wanted to.


21 posted on 11/06/2013 8:26:56 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kip Russell

Interesting that he mentions both Leviticus AND Romans...which shows the agreement between the OT and the NT and the DISAGREEMENT of the Bible with him.

But he DOES have great nails.


22 posted on 11/06/2013 8:35:07 AM PST by left that other site (.)
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To: Kip Russell

In the poop plunderer`s dictionary bullying is what happens when straights say “No.”


23 posted on 11/06/2013 8:52:07 AM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: V_TWIN

>>>“spoke out for gay rights in class this week after he said he was bullied”

Here we go.<<<

These days “bullied” could mean anything from classmates politely saying they believe homosexual sex is sinful, to them politely denying his request to sodomize them.


24 posted on 11/06/2013 9:10:18 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: Kip Russell
So limp wristed he had to tear it apart 1 page at a time.
25 posted on 11/06/2013 9:50:20 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: oh8eleven

Festivus for the rest of us.


26 posted on 11/06/2013 9:58:58 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Kip Russell
He certainly has the right to misrepresent it...just as others have the right to point out that he's incorrect.

He has the rights of free speech and the freedom to exercise *his* religion but he has no right before the God of the Bible to intentionally misrepresent His viewpoint. There is higher court and a higher Judge than the American courts.

27 posted on 11/06/2013 10:00:43 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: OrangeHoof
He has the rights of free speech and the freedom to exercise *his* religion but he has no right before the God of the Bible to intentionally misrepresent His viewpoint.

Just as one doesn't have the right before the God of the Qu'ran to be an infidel, either...which is why we should be grateful for freedom of religion in this country, as opposed to the horribly oppressive theocracies of the Middle East.

28 posted on 11/06/2013 10:26:58 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

“These days “bullied” could mean anything”

Thats what I was thinking, is there even a valid definition for what bullying is?....or isn’t?


29 posted on 11/06/2013 11:36:51 AM PST by V_TWIN
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To: Kip Russell

Except that there is no God of the Qu’ran. But I hear he doesn’t look too kindly on homosexuals either.


30 posted on 11/06/2013 10:46:47 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Howdy to all you government agents spying on me.)
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To: Kip Russell

Let me know, I haven’t found one.


31 posted on 11/08/2013 8:21:52 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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