Saturday, April 22, 2006

Hate Speech or First Amendment Right?

Tyler Chase Harper was given a one-day, in-school suspension for refusing to take off a T-shirt that stated his religious beliefs about homosexuality.

Mr. Harper, a 16-year-old sophomore at Poway High School in Southern California, wore a T-shirt with his religious beliefs during the school's annual Day of Silence.
Robert Tyler of the Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Harper family.
"The district is asking students to be politically correct, the lawsuit asks that (the district) be constitutionally correct," said Tyler, who claims Poway Unified School District violated Chase's rights to free speech and freedom to exercise his religion.
With many schools up and ready to support the Day of Silence this year it will be interesting, as Mr. Harper can tell you, how one's religious beliefs or beliefs in general about homosexuality will be opposed and shunned upon.
The Day of Silence was expected to begin on April 26th according to their
website, but it has seemed to have started earlier in some states. As I have reported in a previous post regarding this day, the next day, April 27th, is the Day of Truth. This Day of Truth is when those students who oppose the homosexual agenda are to were T-shirts that say "Day of Truth: The Truth Cannot Be Silenced" and hand out cards that read:
I am speaking the Truth to break the silence. Silence isn’t freedom. It’s a constraint. Truth tolerates open discussion, because the Truth emerges when healthy discourse is allowed. By proclaiming the Truth in love, hurts will be halted, hearts will be healed, and lives will be saved.
Please support the Day of Truth and pass this message on to as many people you know.


Blogger Tyler Dawbin said...

Free speech only exists for liberals now. If your message isn't favored by liberals, they will take away your first amendment rights.

Now the 9th circuit has done it again, allowing anything that CAN be interpreted to be against anyone's religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, to be defined as hate speech.

America is crumbling...

4:45 AM, April 24, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

You have been very busy in my absence from the world wide web. I look forward to being able to sit down and read over your latest posts when I am not so exhausted. I just returned from a journey to your side of the country and had a most remarkable encounter (encounters) with the Lord. He is moving on the East Coast! Keep the faith and don't give up the fight. God bless you!

1:15 PM, April 24, 2006  
Blogger SCIA said...

If I may add Tyler, free speech is for the 'diverse' and those who 'accept'. The unacceptable, or those with another opinion, are under attack because they are trying to preserve values and morals in this country.

Let's prevent America from crumbling...We will win this fight!!


I would love to here your encounterS. Talk with you soon.

3:09 PM, April 24, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

Hi there...

I will be posting about my encounters piece by glorious piece! Thanks for your interest!

God is good....ALL THE TIME!



2:25 PM, April 25, 2006  

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