To: proud_yank; dsc
All schools must restrict free speech, free press, free expression of religion, and free assembly, if they didn't chaos would reign.
This is perfectly OK if this were a private school because all the students would be there because of their choice or that of their parents. They would be voluntarily agreeing to suppress these rights.
The problem with compulsory government schools is that many children are not there by choice. Government has set of a system of price-fixed monopoly schools and then when private schools are scarce, they threaten the parents with police action if the child doesn't show up. This isn't "choice".
So...here we have a student with the lesbian tee-shirt. If the government school respects her rights, the school is simultaneously undermining the moral, ethical, and values ( that means religion) of all the other students who must see it.
The government is in an impossible situation because it can not respect the rights of all the students in the school. It can NOT respect the girl's free speech rights and at the same time respect the rights of the another student's right not to be proselytized in a belief system that would destroy their religion.
The student is in an impossible situation because private schools are scarce due to the price-fixed government schools, and homeschooling is impossible due to the taxes the parents must pay to support the lesbian affirming government school.
Government schools are unconstitutional on both the state and federal levels.
Solution: Complete separation of SCHOOL and state.
posted on 02/20/2006 5:19:32 AM PST
(Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
"suppress these rights."
One attains the rights of citizenship at the age of majority. Until that time, the only "rights" these pathetic losers have are the right to shut up and the right to do as they're told.
They *definitely* have no right to go around proselytizing for perverted sexual behavior.
posted on 02/20/2006 7:57:28 AM PST
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