Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Jersey Teen Barred From Abortion Protest Sues School

Here's another story from Fox News. This one is regarding a student who was told that she couldn't participate in an abortion protest because it was "religious": New Jersey Teen Barred From Abortion Protest Sues School.

I don't get it. Why are schools so afraid of students expressing themselves in a religious manner, but are OK with them expressing themselves in just about any other way?

The principal said:

The armband would have violated the school's strict dress code, he said. He said it allows "no insignias unless it has to do with Bridgeton High School."

And he said the school has a policy that generally doesn't allow students or staff to distribute literature without prior approval. He says the policy is in place partly to guard against lawsuits like this one.

I think that he's talking about lawsuits brought by organizations like the ACLU who loves to scare school districts into believing that they cannot allow students to express their beliefs if they can in any way be perceived as religious in nature.

I think that this school has gotten this one 100% wrong. What about being pro-life is "religious"? Is it religious to believe that killing unborn babies is wrong? Science hasn't even been able to answer the question as to when human life begins with any certainty. Once an egg is fertilized, it has human DNA and even has been assigned a gender, hair color, eye color, etc.

I find it interesting that the school, Bridgeton High School, uses the word "moral" in both it's "mission" and "vision" statements.
Our Mission

The mission of the Bridgeton Public Schools is to have all pupils meet the Core Curriculum Content Standards and graduate from high school as lifelong learners who will make positive contributions to the community, act with the highest moral and ethical standards, promote equal opportunity, and participate in the advancement of our democratic society.

Our Vision

To create a transparent school system, with state of the art facilities, clearly focused on having all student acheive academic and interpersonal excellence, supported by committed parents, community members and staff who feel a moral obligation to help all students meet the highest standards.

Makes you wonder how they define "moral"...

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