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School bans pro-life T-shirts, fliers - Officials fear other students will object
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 18, 2006

Posted on 11/18/2006 10:15:11 AM PST by cpforlife.org

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Saturday, November 18, 2006



MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
School bans pro-life T-shirts, fliers
Officials fear other students will object, consider message religious


Posted: November 18, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

A Virginia high school barred a Christian student from distributing materials and wearing a T-shirt that declared opposition to abortion, prompting a legal response.

Andrew Raker, a student at Millbrook High School in Winchester, Va., participated in a national pro-life event Oct. 24 called the "Day of Silent Solidarity" in which he distributed postcard-sized fliers with information about abortion, the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund said.

The next day, school officials pulled Raker from class and told him he could no longer distribute the materials because other students might object or consider them to be religious in nature.

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ADF said Millbrook's principal, Joseph Swack, also threatened to force Raker to remove or cover his pro-life clothing if other students complained.

In addition, Swack deferred a decision on Raker's request to form a pro-life club, expressing doubt about its acceptability.

The Alliance Defense Fund responded with a letter to Swack contending the high school's refusal to allow a student to present pro-life speech violates the Constitution.

"Christian students cannot be treated as second-class citizens," said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. "Expressing a pro-life point of view, whether it is considered to be 'popular' or not, does not disqualify an individual from the right to free speech."

As WND reported in September, a California school changed its T-shirt policy after two students were reprimanded for wearing the "inappropriate" Christian message that life is valuable.

One of the messages, according to the Pacific Justice Institute, read on the back: "Help Cure Abortion" on the front, and "Abortion: The leading cause of death in America 1,200,000 every year."

One student was pulled from class by two instructors who told her she was not allowed to wear the shirt to school because it was "inappropriate." The situation quickly was reversed when the Pacific Justice Institute sent a letter to school officials expressing concern over the First Amendment implications of the school's demands.

In March 2004, another Virginia high school student was barred from wearing a shirt with a pro-life message because it violated the school's policy against profane or obscene language.

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

As WND reported in 2003, a student in Cleveland 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 the Thomas More Law Center explained the student's First Amendment rights and threatened a lawsuit.


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1 posted on 11/18/2006 10:15:13 AM PST by cpforlife.org
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To: Coleus; nickcarraway; narses; Mr. Silverback; Canticle_of_Deborah; TenthAmendmentChampion; ...
Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

2 posted on 11/18/2006 10:16:22 AM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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"Officials fear other students will object, consider message religious"

This is so pathetically pathetic. I want to wretch.

RELIGIOUS?!

Abortion is the HIGH SACRAMENT of the RELIGION of Godless Liberalism.

3 posted on 11/18/2006 10:22:12 AM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: cpforlife.org
Conclusion of the letter:

You are on notice that our client wishes to exercise his clearly established First Amendment rights. As such, any further action taken by you or other school officials to infringe his rights will be action taken in deliberate indifference to those rights. Please notify my office by close of business on Wednesday, November 22, 2006, that Millbrook will permit Mr. Raker to distribute flyers, wear expressive clothing, and organize a pro-life club with equal access to school resources. If we fail to hear from you by that date, we will advise our client of his options for relief in Federal Court. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the above.

4 posted on 11/18/2006 10:31:46 AM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: cpforlife.org
School is not the place for political protests of any sort. School is only a place to learn the material presented.

Frankly, I want to go to school uniforms. Solves all these stupid problems.

5 posted on 11/18/2006 10:34:55 AM PST by jude24 ("I will oppose the sword if it's not wielded well, because my enemies are men like me.")
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To: jude24

I'm with you on school uniforms. But until then, right to life messages totally belong in school. That's where the indoctrination begins.

Protesting abortion is not political, this issue trancends politics. It is protesting the degradation of humanity.


6 posted on 11/18/2006 10:40:34 AM PST by mockingbyrd (Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
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To: cpforlife.org

"Religious" will be the term to be used when "hate crime" won't cover what is unpopular with the liberals.


7 posted on 11/18/2006 10:44:55 AM PST by oyez (Why is it that egalitarians act like royalty?)
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To: cpforlife.org

Good golly, did they suspend or expel those kids? A lot of kids have been thrown out for a whole lot less.


8 posted on 11/18/2006 10:49:16 AM PST by pray4liberty (School District horrors: http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: cpforlife.org
Political Correctness:

”A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical liberal minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

By spreading this definition around, perhaps we can employ one of the more effective methods of deflating and defeating the fools who practice and promote it: RIDICULE.

Unless stopped – and soon – PC will DESTROY Western Civilization -- if it hasn’t already.

PASS IT ON!!

9 posted on 11/18/2006 10:53:22 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: jude24

School is not the place for political protests of any sort. School is only a place to learn the material presented.



I would agree with you if schools haven't been used as a tool of the Secular Humanist religion (as epitimozed in the RATS agenda) to promote their religon and squelch dissent and rational discussion.


10 posted on 11/18/2006 11:03:43 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: jude24
School is only a place to learn the material presented.

As a former high school teacher, I need to respond to this statement. First, your sentence is a bit awkward. Do you mean to say that "school" is the only place to learn? Or did you mean to say that "school" is a place to learn only the material presented?

Second, some "material" that is being presented is not worth learning, and is presented to evoke thought and questions.

School is a place where learning takes place. We hope that learning can be directed and focused. But we also hope that a student might actually learn more than any teacher could have foreseen.

The tee-shirt and pamphlets presented a wonderful opportunity for learning. What a shame that no one in that "school" saw all the benefits of free speech as related to our founding documents, of controversy, of science, of psychology, of sociology, of all the many writings and debates possible because of this young man's point of view.

The place seems to have been taken over by uninformed, cowardly cretins. Our country is in very serious trouble.

11 posted on 11/18/2006 11:07:20 AM PST by MSSC6644
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To: cpforlife.org

Let the other students object. "Objection" is not included in the text of the First Amendment


12 posted on 11/18/2006 11:08:27 AM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Neidermeyer
if schools haven't been used as a tool of the Secular Humanist religion

Oh puhleeeeze....

For some people, if you don't teach your particular sect's teachings, it's "secular humanism."

There's a huge difference between teaching from a secular, non-sectarian viewpoint and teaching secular humanism. I was never taught in school that there is no God, that empiricism is the only valid epistemology, or that religion was the opiate of the masses. I was taught history, science, and literature. The chips fell where they may.

13 posted on 11/18/2006 11:08:44 AM PST by jude24 ("I will oppose the sword if it's not wielded well, because my enemies are men like me.")
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To: cpforlife.org

You have named it precisely and correctly.
We note that the concerns of spineless liberal government school administrators for the tender sensibilities of certain easily offended people are very selectively exercised. For example, it is assumed that Christian students are as a rule not eligible credibly to claim being offended, nor are those opposed to abortion.


14 posted on 11/18/2006 11:11:59 AM PST by Elsiejay
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To: MSSC6644

MSSC6644, I love what you said about teaching (see post #11). If there were more teachers in our schools like you we would not be in such trouble as a nation. We thatnk God for teachers like you!


15 posted on 11/18/2006 11:59:14 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie)
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To: cpforlife.org; Gadfly-At-Large; pryncessraych; aroostook war; TheRake; rogator; kellynla; ...

+

If you want on (or off) this Catholic and Pro-Life ping list, let me know!



16 posted on 11/18/2006 12:00:42 PM PST by narses (St Thomas says ? lex injusta non obligat.)
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To: jude24

"There's a huge difference between teaching from a secular, non-sectarian viewpoint and teaching secular humanism. I was never taught in school that there is no God, that empiricism is the only valid epistemology, or that religion was the opiate of the masses. I was taught history, science, and literature. The chips fell where they may."


You haven't been in many schools, especially public schools, lately, have you?

Your view of what constitutes "being taught" seems truncated, but even given that, your first point is off the mark. Public schools were designed from the ground up to dissuade students from their parents' religious tutelage, and inculcate them with the nationalist civil religion (in which all competing religions are "OK" so long as they submit ultimately to the authority of the state) as its Prussian architects made clear in their communications "within the guild", and to their American admirers who imported the Prussian state school model to the US. But even that was a fairly minor side-show. For the main course, see:

http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/historytour/history1.htm
http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/underground/toc1.htm

Meanwhile, not only were public schools developed to function as temples of the civil religion, others, (including a significant overlap with the cast of characters who instigated the state schooling system) were busy gutting the content of the "competing" religions, e.g., as even H.L. Mencken, not noted for his piety, detected in his obituary of an adversary of this process:
http://www.freebooks.com/docs/html/gncf/appendix_a.htm


17 posted on 11/18/2006 12:02:52 PM PST by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: cpforlife.org

.....RELIGIOUS?!.....

Had he omitted the phrase "you will not mock my god" he would have been ok because the message was not religious.


18 posted on 11/18/2006 12:03:45 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Rozerem commercials give me nightmares)
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To: oyez

My kids are offended by homosexual propaganda distributed in the schools, but nobody cares....


19 posted on 11/18/2006 12:06:51 PM PST by MrLee
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schools are to learn math, composition, science, etc. not to spread political propoganda.

this stuff is garbage. would you like lefties coming in with their PETA, global warming, pro-choice, gay marriage propoganda on T-shirts and fliers? Sheesh.

Whoever's doing this are complete nut cases. Their disruption of the serious purpose of schools, that is educating students, is crazy and unacceptable.


20 posted on 11/18/2006 12:16:58 PM PST by motife
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

That was a great letter, wasn't it?

I wonder if they'll hear back from the school?


21 posted on 11/18/2006 12:42:39 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: MSSC6644

I feel a huge problem with our schools is this:

"Officials fear other students will object"

The officials should not fear students. Teachers either. There just isn't any respect for teachers by the students. Parents are the reason.

I pulled my teen out of high school 2 yrs ago because the kids ruled the classes. Nothing got taught. It's a shame.


22 posted on 11/18/2006 12:43:44 PM PST by CaliGirl-R (Let's all just relax, kick back and watch.......and wait....and see how the Dems govern.)
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To: motife

One of the great things about America is that you have the right to proudly proclaim that you've got your head in the sand.

Ain't America great?


23 posted on 11/18/2006 12:46:08 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with political enemies who are going senile.)
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To: cpforlife.org

I swear schools are getting weirder and weirder. I am the most pro-life person you could practically be. I guess it is because I went to Catholic School, but I just don't understand these tee shirts that are being worn to school. There is no reason to wear a tee shirt with pro life, pro choice, homosexuality is great, homosexality is evil, etc to school. What is wrong with kids today wearing sloppy clothes. I say get them into uniforms immediately.


24 posted on 11/18/2006 12:50:14 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: MrLee

My kids are offended by homosexual propaganda distributed in the schools, but nobody cares....


What propaganda are they giving? Is it pamplets that they are passing out? Can you scan it and show the FREEPERS. It must scare the heck out of you the stuff they give out today. I would defintely be interested how far they have gone down the toilet.


25 posted on 11/18/2006 12:55:08 PM PST by napscoordinator
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To: jude24

Jude 24 -

May I ask what year you graduated from high school? Things may be different now.


26 posted on 11/18/2006 1:00:57 PM PST by BW2221
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To: jude24

If any other students are allowed to wear T-shirts with writing on them, this young man has permission to do so. Period.


27 posted on 11/18/2006 1:16:00 PM PST by Theo (Global warming "scientists." Pro-evolution "scientists." They're both wrong.)
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To: cpforlife.org
That is unfortunate, that schools could become so narrow- minded about which types of free speech to tolerate.
28 posted on 11/18/2006 1:21:58 PM PST by Chewie84
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To: CaliGirl-R

Over the decades, the public school system has become embedded with a liberal mentality. Many teachers that do/have attempted to enforce policies and procedures end up in trouble themselves.


29 posted on 11/18/2006 1:26:00 PM PST by Goldie Lurks (professional moonbat catcher)
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To: jude24
School is not the place for political protests of any sort. School is only a place to learn the material presented.

The material presented is the issue.

30 posted on 11/18/2006 1:26:47 PM PST by oldbrowser (The liberal media has effectively taken away our "Freedom of the Press".)
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To: cpforlife.org

So what kind of t-shirts can they wear.

Some high school and middle schools here have a ban on any message whatsoever on any t-shirt.


31 posted on 11/18/2006 2:26:39 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: BW2221
May I ask what year you graduated from high school? Things may be different now.

In the past decade.

32 posted on 11/18/2006 2:31:42 PM PST by jude24 ("I will oppose the sword if it's not wielded well, because my enemies are men like me.")
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To: napscoordinator

"What propaganda are they giving? Is it pamplets that they are passing out? Can you scan it and show the FREEPERS. It must scare the heck out of you the stuff they give out today. I would defintely be interested how far they have gone down the toilet."

I just pulled my 15yo daughter out of public HS this Friday. She starts a one room k-12 Christian school Monday. Why??? Because one day I went to the school and there were "Gay/Straight Alliance" meeting posters on EVERY SINGLE DOOR. IN ALL THE HALLS. IN THE MAIN OFFICE. This is Monroe Michigan, school with over 2000 students. Strike One.

Then later she was quietly reading her bible (she isn't even very religious, just had it in her bookbag one day and pulled it out because she was bored.) Her teacher told her to put it away since she wasn't allowed to have it at school. That was strikes 2 and 3...

Yeah, it's pretty bad.


33 posted on 11/18/2006 2:40:45 PM PST by sidetracked (www.givemebackmyrights.com)
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To: sidetracked

Love your website....and you're right.


34 posted on 11/18/2006 3:38:22 PM PST by pray4liberty (School District horrors: http://totallyunjust.tripod.com)
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To: CaliGirl-R
I graduated from a small high school in 1965 with record number of my class going off to college. About 80% majored in education almost all of those became teachers. I think the longest career span for those who became teachers in public schools was six years. When new secular order came out they left public schools for private or else found other endeavors.
35 posted on 11/18/2006 3:42:30 PM PST by oyez (Why is it that egalitarians act like royalty?)
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To: cpforlife.org
Has the NEA and PSEA come to the aid of these students, decrying their loss of freedom of speech and freedom of expression?







I'll not hold my breath.

36 posted on 11/18/2006 3:57:22 PM PST by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: cpforlife.org
The next day, school officials pulled Raker from class and told him he could no longer distribute the materials because other students might object or consider them to be religious in nature.

This says more about the kind of neutered student body these officials want than even they realize. No students supporting controversial causes, no students supporting religion, no students objecting...

37 posted on 11/18/2006 3:59:41 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce! Wooooooo-oooooooo!)
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To: cpforlife.org
As WND reported in September, a California school changed its T-shirt policy after two students were reprimanded for wearing the "inappropriate" Christian message that life is valuable.

Welcome to BIZARRO WORLD! We want death! We want death!

38 posted on 11/18/2006 4:02:07 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry sauce! Wooooooo-oooooooo!)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper; jude24; mockingbyrd; oyez; Elsiejay; napscoordinator; Chewie84; Salvation; ...
Sorry to have posted and left. Busy Saturday outdoor work.

Some excellent points:

I agree, school uniforms would solve much of these problems.

Also serious discipline and a real non political no nonsense curriculum program are a must. But that ain't happin' folks!

What seems to be happening at an accelerating rate is what Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek posted in 17.

My sister in law teaches 5th grade public 1 hour N of Atlanta. She's getting scared for her physical safety, and that's a "good" public school.

In the big cities it's a freepin war zone.

I heard a radio show 2+ years ago where the host read 10 questions from an 8th grade final exam from the year 1900. It was beyond tough.

Public school was outstanding then and remained so probably into the 60's in much of the country.

In the last 30 years it has collapsed into a pit. In another 30 years it may be Mad Max X: The School Warriors.

39 posted on 11/18/2006 4:13:32 PM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"Welcome to BIZARRO WORLD!"

LOL, I was typing # 39 when you posted that. I called it:

Mad Max X: The School Warriors.

Great Minds think alike!
40 posted on 11/18/2006 4:24:52 PM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper; jude24; mockingbyrd; oyez; Elsiejay; napscoordinator; Chewie84; Salvation
In post 39 I meant to say that you all made excellent points, but I didn't finish the sentence properly.

My bad.
41 posted on 11/18/2006 4:30:55 PM PST by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: jude24

It might not be the place for politics, but SCOTUS ruled that it's OK. The precedent setting case had something to do with black armbands "protesting" the Vietnam war in school at Des Moines, Iowa.


42 posted on 11/18/2006 4:47:05 PM PST by Freedom4US (u)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I wonder if they'd be able to use the "religious" label on a T-shirt that had a depiction of an unborn child in utero (preferrably taken from a sex ed book used in that school), along with text from Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who : "A person is a person, no matter how small."
43 posted on 11/18/2006 5:10:58 PM PST by hunter112 (Total victory at home and in the Middle East!)
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To: cpforlife.org
"My sister in law teaches 5th grade public 1 hour N of Atlanta. She's getting scared for her physical safety, and that's a "good" public school."
My mother teaches second grade public. This year, things have been really tough for her, both because of her own class, which has its share of animals, and because of outside factors. For instance, she mentioned last week that it was recently discovered that a boy who she had taught last year was being beaten by his father. Upon hearing this, the boy's current teacher of course notified Child Welfare about it. Then, all of a sudden, on I believe Wednesday, the boy's father personally came to the school, confronted the teacher in question in the hallway, and loudly cursed her out in front of several students. Fortunately, that situation was peacefully handled, and that's so far been the closest thing to a physical threat against a teacher in that school (At least, that my mom was willing to tell me about).
44 posted on 11/18/2006 5:49:08 PM PST by Chewie84
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To: Goldie Lurks

Oh I know. I feel bad for the teachers. They try and then little Johnnie's parents show up to sue the school for harrassment or violating his uh rights. I think the schools hands are tied. It's just a mess! I warn my sister and others who have school age children to pay attention to what their children are learning.


45 posted on 11/18/2006 7:01:47 PM PST by CaliGirl-R (Let's all just relax, kick back and watch.......and wait....and see how the Dems govern.)
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To: cpforlife.org; ninenot; sittnick; steve50; Hegemony Cricket; Willie Green; Wolfie; ex-snook; ...
Officials fear other students will object

Great! Time came that OUR side should start to object and to claim to be offended.

46 posted on 11/18/2006 7:20:50 PM PST by A. Pole (G.K. Chesterton: "Too much capitalism means not too many capitalists, but too few.")
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To: Neidermeyer
School is not the place for political protests of any sort. School is only a place to learn the material presented.

Are you serious?! What material? Presented by whom?

What do you mean by learning? Memorizing?

47 posted on 11/18/2006 7:24:50 PM PST by A. Pole (G.K. Chesterton: "Too much capitalism means not too many capitalists, but too few.")
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To: A. Pole

That portion of my comment was a quote from JUDE24 , post#5.

I am not well versed in HTML and don't know how to italicize... I agree completely with you , schools are not supposed to produce robots. As long ago as the 1970's I was in a private high school and had to endure the far left indoctrination the most blatant example being in of all classes a comparative religion class.. I learned more from my own reading and working at a friends hot air baloon manufacturing business over the summers than I did in any science class.

If you've ever seen a high school graduation exam from the turn of the century (1880-1900) you'd be shocked , most of todays college grads would fail... I believe Neil Boortz is right in his contention that the governments near monopoly on the school system is designed to breed incompetent boobs who can be easily controlled by the lies of the socialists, my children may have to attend government school due to finances but I will be counteracting the slime they're fed.


48 posted on 11/18/2006 7:44:21 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer
I am not well versed in HTML and don't know how to italicize...

Do this:

<I>Text to italicize</I>

and you get:

Text to italicize

Same with bold: <B>Text to be made bold</B>

and you get:

Text to be made bold

And underline: <U>Text to underline</U>

and you get:

Text to underline

Now you might wonder how I got < and > :)

49 posted on 11/18/2006 7:54:50 PM PST by A. Pole (G.K. Chesterton: "Too much capitalism means not too many capitalists, but too few.")
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To: cpforlife.org

If this is the standard, then this kid or other like minded kids should be able to complain about tee shirts with objectionable messages or pictures, or kids dressed like ho's and gangsters.

Schools are nothing but miserable pits of depravity and indoctrination centers.


50 posted on 11/18/2006 9:41:33 PM PST by little jeremiah
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