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Pro-life shirt barred as 'obscene'
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, March 12, 2004

Posted on 03/11/2004 10:24:57 PM PST by JohnHuang2

BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS
Pro-life shirt barred as 'obscene'
Administrator determined anti-abortion message violates policy


Posted: March 12, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

A Virginia high school student was barred from wearing a shirt with a pro-life message because it violates the school's policy against profane or obscene language.


Pro-life shirt worn by Virginia student. (Photo used with permission)

The shirt says: "Abortion is Homicide. You will not silence my message. You will not mock my God. You will stop killing my generation. Rock for Life."

Assistant Vice Principal Marylin Sinclair-White at Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va, told the student Feb. 18 he could not wear the shirt to school.

On Tuesday, the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center sent a four-page demand letter to school officials, giving them 10 days to reverse the decision or face a lawsuit.

The Law Center, who would not name the student because he's a minor, emphasized other students at the school were allowed to display various messages on their clothing, including an image of a marijuana leaf.

The letter said the student simply wishes to continue to peacefully and passively express his firmly held views on the important political, social, and moral subject of abortion just as other students are allowed to express their own messages.

The Law Center insisted the student's pro-life message could not possibly be considered lewd, vulgar, profane or obscene.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a student in Cleveland last year was given two days of Saturday detention after two students in his 1,200-member high school complained about a sweatshirt with the same message.

In Pennsylvania, a junior high school principal barred a T-shirt with that message, arguing it was the equivalent of wearing a swastika to school. The principal later reversed his decision after a The Thomas More Law Center explained the student's First Amendment rights and threatened a lawsuit.

Edward White, associate counsel for the Law Center, told WorldNetDaily he group has received dozens of calls about similar cases around the country, including 25 in the first month of the previous school year.

One school barred a shirt that simply said, "I'm pro-life."

Two years ago, White recalled, a school barred a third-grader from wearing a shirt that said, "Jesus Christ," because it was considered profanity.

"Usually school officials back off," he said. "But it's interesting, it's just conservative, pro-life or Christian kids who gets hassled. They always say other kids who wear shirts with a playboy bunny, Marilyn Manson, beer ads or cigarette ads never are pulled aside by a teacher."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: childmurder; civilrights; cultureofdeath; culturewar; doublestandard; fashionpolice; freespeech; humanrights; inconvenience; infanticide; mediabias; murder; prolife; righttolife; tshirts
Friday, March 12, 2004

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1 posted on 03/11/2004 10:24:58 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
All just part of the end times.

Hello John, still at it and doing a great job.
2 posted on 03/11/2004 10:33:49 PM PST by jwh_Denver (Life should come with 1 do over. "The Practice")
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To: JohnHuang2
Gee... who woulda thunk, give government the power to ban what is obscene, and then they turn around and say that the political opposition's message is obscene.
3 posted on 03/11/2004 10:34:48 PM PST by thoughtomator (When Bush said, "Islam is a religion of peace", he was giving an order, not a description)
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To: JohnHuang2
Assistant Vice Principal Marylin Sinclair-White at Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va

"NEVER trust a woman with a hyphenated last name."--Lewis Grizzard.

4 posted on 03/11/2004 10:35:04 PM PST by TheBigB (Going partly violently to the thing 24/7!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Was this Vice Principal Marylin Sinclair-White wearing her jackboots and brown shirt while she was denying the student his right to free speech? She might just as well have, because she was being a perfect Nazi.
5 posted on 03/11/2004 10:36:07 PM PST by Post Toasties
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To: jwh_Denver
G'evening, my friend.
6 posted on 03/11/2004 10:39:33 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Interesting.
I wonder why the shirt reads, "ABORTION IS HOMICIDE" rather than the more conventional, "ABORTION IS MURDER"?
7 posted on 03/11/2004 10:47:13 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
I dunno....maybe cos it's premeditated?
8 posted on 03/11/2004 10:50:22 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: thoughtomator
...give government the power to ban what is obscene, and then they turn around and say that the political opposition's message is obscene.

The article says that it's a school policy behind the ban, not government policy.

9 posted on 03/11/2004 10:50:27 PM PST by AHerald
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To: AHerald
I don't think so. Though the article doesn't make it clear, I would think if it was a private school, Thomas More wouldn't get involved....
10 posted on 03/11/2004 10:52:30 PM PST by stands2reason
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To: AHerald
I believe it's a government-run school.
11 posted on 03/11/2004 10:55:09 PM PST by BykrBayb (Temporary tagline. Applied to State of New Jersey for permanent tagline (12/24/03).)
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To: thoughtomator
The morons on the left cheer when the government shuts down voices on the right.

The morons on the right cheer when the government shuts down voices on the left.

The government just keeps making everybody cheer.

12 posted on 03/11/2004 10:55:40 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: AHerald
Government school policy is still government policy.
13 posted on 03/11/2004 10:56:05 PM PST by thoughtomator (When Bush said, "Islam is a religion of peace", it was an order, not a description)
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To: JohnHuang2
The leftist NEA strikes again!
14 posted on 03/11/2004 11:07:09 PM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: Lancey Howard
I wonder why the shirt reads, "ABORTION IS HOMICIDE" rather than the more conventional, "ABORTION IS MURDER"?

Probably because there are circumstances in which abortion, like homicide, is justifiable.

15 posted on 03/11/2004 11:09:26 PM PST by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: stands2reason; thoughtomator
<< The article says that it's a school policy behind the ban, not government policy. >>

Oh, that's good.

I'm so glad you have cleared up the separation of school and government for us.

Now my government owned operated controlled and staffed local school will be able to alter its policy and offer prayers before classes and football matches.

I'll race down there and inform its ACLU-DNC-NEA minders at once.
16 posted on 03/11/2004 11:21:31 PM PST by Brian Allen ("He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine)
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To: Post Toasties
She might just as well have, because she was being a perfect Nazi.

Perfect Nazi or perfect commie? Either way it's my way or cut your throat dead highway. When does the bell tolls for these kind?
17 posted on 03/11/2004 11:31:13 PM PST by jwh_Denver (Life should come with 1 do over. "The Practice")
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To: thoughtomator
Government school policy is still government policy.

So because a public school operates under governmental authority that makes an individual public school's, or school district's, dress code policy equivalent to government policy? ... Perhaps a legal expert here can explain.

18 posted on 03/12/2004 12:00:25 AM PST by AHerald
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To: Brian Allen
If you're going to quote and then comment on a post of mine, please at least ping me.
19 posted on 03/12/2004 12:12:52 AM PST by AHerald
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To: TheBigB
"NEVER trust a woman with a hyphenated last name."--Lewis Grizzard.

Nor a man with more than one middle name and/or a roman numeral.

20 posted on 03/12/2004 12:51:00 AM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: JohnHuang2
it violates the school's policy against profane or obscene language.

Obscene language? Where? ......although it's a safe bet that the school considers the word 'God' obscene.

21 posted on 03/12/2004 12:56:18 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: AHerald
Yes. Any institution run by the government is bound by the same rules the government is bound by. Otherwise, the government could evade any restriction upon it simply by delegating a power to an institution specifically created to abuse it!

Anyway... government schools are bound by the First Amendment. No law against the exercise of free speech is valid - they cannot use the content of the message to determine whether or not it can be displayed/worn.

A private school could do the same thing this public school did, and it would be legal. A public school cannot.
22 posted on 03/12/2004 1:24:21 AM PST by thoughtomator (When Bush said, "Islam is a religion of peace", it was an order, not a description)
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To: narses; Land of the Irish; NYer; Salvation
Pro-Life ping
23 posted on 03/12/2004 1:42:31 AM PST by Dajjal
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To: TheBigB
"Lewis Grizzard"

There's a name that I haven't seen in a long time. Did we really slip THAT far since he passed away (and he dropped off the newpaper page)?

24 posted on 03/12/2004 1:43:22 AM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: Mr. Mojo
They will claim "homicide" is obscene but I also suspect it is the word/concept "God".

Freedom of religion does NOT mean freedom from religion.

Atheism is a belief system just as Christianity is. Agnostics at least are willing to admit that they just "don't know". Atheists are certain. That is a belief. They have faith that they will not be proven wrong.

Atheism should not dominate the public square.

25 posted on 03/12/2004 1:46:15 AM PST by weegee ('...Kerry is like that or so a crack sausage.')
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To: Post Toasties
she was being a perfect Nazi.

Leftists, comminists, demonrats and nazis are all the same.

26 posted on 03/12/2004 1:51:29 AM PST by fella
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To: AHerald
<< If you're going to quote and then comment on a post of mine, please at least ping me. >>

My aplologies. Not sure what happened there -- but am sure I thought I was responding to you. Must have hit the wrong "Post Reply." Too many windows open, perhaps.

Please re-read it as having been addressed to you.

Best ones -- Brian
27 posted on 03/12/2004 2:05:26 AM PST by Brian Allen ("He who dares not offend cannot be honest." - Thomas Paine)
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To: thoughtomator
But when Clear Channel yanks Howard Stern just when he becomes critical of Bush, everybody says Stern deserved it cause he is gross and sophomoric. When I try to stir debate here on FR, I get my thread pulled and called a moron by the moderator. Im voting against Bush till he fixes this.
28 posted on 03/12/2004 3:34:50 AM PST by aquawrench (Clear Channel, the new brown shirts)
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To: GATOR NAVY
The other day I saw a man in the active duty Air Force with a hyphenated last name.
29 posted on 03/12/2004 4:10:58 AM PST by askrenr
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To: askrenr
I feel sorry for him. Most likely he's a p-whipped s.o.b.
30 posted on 03/12/2004 4:32:16 AM PST by GATOR NAVY
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