Wednesday, March 14, 2007

First Amendment and School News By: The Political Heretic

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1. First, this story of three sixteen year old students who were suspended for saying "vagina" during a "Vagina Monologues" reading at a school forum. High school teachers told them not to air the word since younger people might be in the audience.

Whatever merit the teachers had (and the Political Heretic doesn't believe the First Amendment's free speech clause bolsters their argument) was lost the moment they allowed a reading of the "Vagina Monologues." The word is only as inappropriate as the topic which the teachers believed fit for reading.

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2. The jury is still out on this one. Was the teacher fired because she (it is alleged) exposed her students to witchcraft beliefs and was the school district, for its part, exposing its school students to Christian beliefs? The school district's lawyer denies her allegations.

3. and then the story of Visit Matthew LaClair, who tape recorded a teacher who told his students they were going to hell if they did not believe in Jesus Christ.

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