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10/30/2006

SCOTUS asked to review ban on shirt; confused dummies wonder when white deodorant marks on tees became Supreme Court territory

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 1-33The gay-unfriendly legal eagles at the Alliance Defense Fund are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in which that judicial body found that a California high school student didn't have a right to wear to school a t-shirt that displayed the message: “Homosexuality is shameful” on the front and "Be ashamed. Our school has embraced what God has condemned" on the back. The ADF is arguing that the court erred in determining that the school has a right to prevent demeaning messages, as they are claiming the anti-gay tee to be "protected speech."

Ah yes, that old epic battle of "censorship" vs. "allowance of the kind of rhetoric that gets gay kids shunned and beaten." We're always torn over matters like this. You know, like the way gay kids shirts often get torn when they're beaten up for being who they truly are?

But still, we're on the fence on this issue. You know, like the way gays have been left by homophobia-driven individuals on a fence to die?

Nevertheless, we're of two minds on this matter. You know, like the two more minds than this young man used when he determined that Biblically condemning folks for their actualities is an acceptable way to conduct one's public school affairs?

But what can we say -- we waffle on free speech issues. You know, like the small crisp batter cakes we ate this morning with syrup?

Mmm...waffles.

We'll have to wait and see if SCOTUS will respond to ADF's request to review the 9th Circuit ruling. That of course very much depends on how similar the high court finds "shouting fire in a crowded theatre" and shouting "you'll be surrounded by fire in a crowded eternity." Though personally, we think what really needs to be reviewed is the whole Bible by this particular high school student, an exercise which might bring clarity to the cherry-picked interpretation of text which seems to inform his current theological outlook.

ADF attorneys appeal Poway “T-shirt” case to U.S. Supreme Court [ADF Release]
T-shirt case taken to Supreme Court [SD Union-Tribune]

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