Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lawsuit says flap over T-shirt violated student's rights (OneNewsNow.com)

Posted at One News Now.
One day after students were allowed to wear T-shirts in support of homosexual behavior on last April's "Day of Silence" -- a yearly promotion by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) -- Zamecnik wore a T-shirt that said "Be Happy, Not Gay." Attorney Nate Kellum of Alliance Defense Fund, who is representing Zamecnik, explains that his client was first told to remove the shirt or be sent home.

Then the student was told she could write "Be Happy, Be Straight" over the wording, based on an agreement reached between her mother and a school dean -- an agreement which Kellum says the dean did not allow Zamecnik to keep. According to a press release about the lawsuit, a female counselor was instructed to cross out "Not Gay," leaving only the message "Be Happy."

When I went to school, "gay" wasn't a four-letter-word. Nor was it inappropriate for attire. Perhaps the simple fact that it offended someone is ample reason to censor it in the government school system.

The "Day of Silence" is a day set aside each year to show support for homosexual behavior and is promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). To observe the "Day of Silence", students are encouraged to not speak for 8 hours out of the day and to wear a T-Shirt showing their support. The "Day of Silence" website linked above in this paragraph references students to a website that provides T-shirts called "Nightsweats and T-cells" (warning - T-shirt messages may be offensive). This website sells T-shirts that depict George Bush as a Nazi fascist, organized religion as an instrument of the devil, and claim that "The Christian Right is Wrong". This website is targeted to your children with the endorsement of the government school system, while a shirt that says "Be Happy, Not Gay" is defaced at the hands of administrators that are paid with your tax dollars. Where's the fair handedness?

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