Because freedom can't protect itself
I have very mixed feelings about this particular issue. On the one hand, I'm all for freedom of speech and religion. And I appreciate much of the work the ACLU has done to protect them. However, I was raised [perhaps arcanely] to believe that, when attending a school, public or private, one has to obey the rules and policies that school has in place. According to the ALACHUA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS dress code, which is part of a larger Code of Conduct that every student must sign, each student must: "To dress in a way that does not disrupt or distract from the learning process, does not reveal any private body areas, is not offensive to others or inappropriate at school and at school-sponsored events." Presumably these students signed this document and thus, under penalty of disciplinary action, agreed to not wear anything other students might find offensive or that would disrupt class. One of the reasons I am an Atheist is that so many Christians will use any excuse to exhibit genuine hatred toward people of other faiths [which is the same conceit they accuse Muslims of, ironically]. The knee-jerk reaction that has them wearing offensive T-shirts to a public school [expressly to disrupt the educations of others] has them commenting here about Christmas and lamenting that keeping Christian religion out of schools has somehow led to the moral decay of the nation. The bottom line here is this: if we teach children to ignore the rules of conduct in our schools [as this church and the ACLU are proposing], then are we not also teaching them to ignore the Constitution [as the previous administration did]? Meanwhile, by suing the school district, the ACLU is robbing students of badly needed funding and promoting the notion that children needn't obey simple rules of conduct. I can't get behind that.
A question to the ACLU: Would you ever EVEN THINK of protecting the right of students with t -shirts that say: "Judaism is of the Devil " No! right? Because if you did you'd get GRIEF & HELL like you NEVER dreamt of from the Jewish groups. And rightly so. Well as a Christian I ask: Why is it okay to allow these 'christian' kids to have offensive t shirts against Muslims Is it because Muslims are an 'okay target' to offend in our media, in our newspapers? I'm not a Muslim , nor have any family member that is Muslim but I'm DISGUSTED how offensive we have become against the Muslims & Islam. BTW ACLU... Merry Christmas! & may you have a very pretty CHRISTMAS tree! Sincerely, A CHRISTIAN that believes ALL religions lead to GOD Peace be with you Salaam Shalom
It's great to see the ACLU is being consistent and protecting Christian speech as well as that of other religions. I disagree with the ACLU's position on a number of issues. But at least I can see they provide consistency in the area of freedom of speech and free expression and do not fight primarily for protection of free speech for only certain groups while supporting restriction in the right to critisize those same groups (as many liberal organisations do). It would be great to see them provide the same consistency in also protecting the rights of unborn children and VICTIMS of crime.
This is one of the rare cases where I disagree with the ACLU.
So the ACLU's donations are down? And you are wondering why? Those t-shirts are not only hate-speech but they also create a "hostile learning environment". Replace "Islam is of the devil" with something like "Jews killed Jesus" or "Judaism is a gutter religion" and you might get the picture. Notice I said might. This is the kind of behavior that has made me NOT renew my membership and cease giving you donations. You picked this particular case because it looks "cool".
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The ACLU is insane if it's defending the students' rights to wear those shirts. But Christians are even dumber to let each other wear those shirts. They breed hate and re-enforce the idea that Christianity is an intolerant religion for wack jobs
It is incidents like these that have school districts enacting strict "dress codes"....plain polo shirt, plain khaki pants, etc..etc..a "uniform"...
they then don't have to encounter ANY "messages" on T-shirts at all.
Sounds like the "Dress code" I have at the office...
Merry Christmas to all!!
district unaware of what it fines offenisvce with 27 disignes = skitzophrenia. how do they stand on 'district employs skitzophrenics as they seem normal to the state?'
This disgusts me.
Good lawsuit. I hate ACLU normally since they are biased socialists. This time I support them 100%. Donation check in mail.
You should change your name to the Anti American Civil liberties Union. Sooner or later I hope you get sued and the entire ACLU goes bust.
Andy Blume promotes hate speech on his blog, Spatula City.
He hates women,and religion and promotes violence towards both.
He is a short balding scrawny guy who hates everybody.
Stop His Hate Speech against Women
The ACLU is a religion unto itself, replacing any other, similar to PETA, Greenpeace................
DEATH TO ISLAM!!!
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