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May 05, 2005

School stops censoring Christian student

From Agape Press:

A high school in Rancho Cucamonga, California, recently attempted to bar a student from wearing a T-shirt that read: "Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing," and "Truth is truth -- homosexuality is wrong."

Senior Lindy Daniels was yanked from her classroom at Los Osos High School, sent to the principal's office, and told she must either change the shirt or leave school. Shortly afterward, her parents contacted Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a non-profit legal defense organization that specializes in defending religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties.

One of PJI's attorneys immediately called the school and faxed a letter the same day, explaining how students have First Amendment rights that follow them when they step onto a school campus. The legal group informed Los Ossos High School officials that the school was trampling Daniels' free-speech rights, and that she would continue to wear the shirt and other shirts expressing her values and beliefs at her own discretion.

The school asserted that the censorship was based on concerns over "tolerance" and "diversity." A Los Ossos High official explained that homosexuals would be offended by a shirt bearing a message like the one Daniels' wore. ...

... after PJI intervened on Daniels' behalf, the school backed down, deciding not to punish the student, and has since stopped harassing her.

The Pacific Justice Institute has made the news with several other cases recently. I'm glad they're doing such a good job.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 5, 2005 10:52 AM

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