Thursday, February 22, 2007

Philadelphia Freedom (Of Speech)

Oh yeah. They had a little controversy in the Abington district. This Inquirer article tells the story. It seems a ten (10) year old boy wanted to dress as Jesus in the Halloween parade last fall. Well, it seems that school officials' assholes got real tight over the possibility. It's understandable. Considering the number of lawsuits filed over the years with a passing mention of Jesus or Christianity in a school, most administrators would probably be nervous as hell. I know it doesn't constitute state sponsor or endorsement, but that never has stopped anyone in the past. This time however, roles reversed.

An Abington Township woman and her 10-year old son have sued the Abington School
District, saying that the principal at the Willow Hill Elementary School there
would not allow the boy to wear a Jesus costume, complete with a paper-and-twig
crown of thorns, during a Halloween parade there last fall.

Hmmm. Ol' BC has long maintained that mentioning religion or even teaching about it is a far cry from advocating a religion. This country was founded so there would be no national church, but a freedom of religious expression. That has changed. Maybe it's time the pendulum swings back toward the side of reason.

This is not the first time the Alliance Defense Fund has taken legal action
against a Philadelphia-area school district. Last spring, the group sued the
Downingtown Area School District, saying that it did not allow student to
express their Christian beliefs and their religious conviction that
homosexuality is sinful. That suit was settled late last summer after the
district, without admitting any wrongdoing, changed its policies, making it
clear that students were allowed to express their religious beliefs on school

Soooo, what does all this mean? Nothing in the grand landscape, but at least someone has agreed that some freedoms had been trampled around Philly. In the United States, in theory, we don't restrict freedoms because we don't like the message. Now, we need to return that theory to practice.

Just a thought.


At 11:35 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

I think it is hilarious, actually. The more the Christians erode away the things that make their religion sacred the more powerless their religion becomes. Let them sell their Jesus tee shirt and wear their Jesus Halloween costumes. Let them sell bumper stickers and declare themselves as a "Christian businesses". I can't wait to see the whole lot of them become a laughing stock, which is what they are doing to themselves anyway, though they are clueless to their own absurdity. It makes it all the more painful and delicious to watch. Jesus would be shuttering in his grave--- if he hadn't risen from the dead, that is.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...


Pot, meet kettle ...


At 9:51 AM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

The problem here isn't the religion, it's the schools. Parents must get their kids out of governmtne children's prisons even if they have to teach the kids at home.

This story is one of many examples of child abuse in government children's prisons. School adminsitrators are child abusers and should be indicted whenever one of these stupid things happen.

And they happen all the time.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Prisons and child abusers? Wow. You really are lunatics here aren't you? Forgive me. Yes, there are problems with our school systems, but it is completely wrong and beneficial to no one to use this sort of devicive language. Every teacher and school administrator I have ever met are wonderful, caring people. Your post only reveals what a silly raving fanatic you are.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

You haven't heard of youngsters being suspended, and even arrested for drawing a picture of a gun, or handing an asperin to a classmate with a headache?

Keep your small, pointed head buried in the sand, dude, while kids graduate unable to read or find Texas on a map.

The kids'll make good cannonfodder, though, in GWB's Forever War.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

I have not heard of such things. I am sure, however, that they happen. Ignorance surrounds us. But, to make gross generalizations about education based on these very singular occurences is not a beneficial way of presenting an argument. Nor is it particularly helpful in proposing solutions.


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