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04/18/2007

Anti-gay tees: Still not trendy

by Jeremy Hooper

Teegay-1The Alliance Defense Fund -- which, for those not in the know, is sort of like the ACLU for those who think "religious freedom = freedom to foist Judeo-Christian values on others" -- has lost yet another bid to have anti-gay T-shirts viewed as acceptable, constitutionally-protected speech in America's public schools.

Such lofty goals they have!

In this latest loss, the ADF was representing two Naperville, IL high school students who were pushing to wear shirts reading "Be Happy, Not Gay" to class this week in protest of the pro-gay Day of Silence. U.S. District Judge William T. Hart, however, has ruled in favor of the high school's right to enforce a dress code wherein negative comments about other students are not allowed.

Because contrary to "pro-family" belief, "Be Happy, Not Gay" is not a good Christian message! It is an offensive sentiment that deserves no defense from adults who should know better!!

The ADF has indicated they will appeal this decision. Here's hoping the next decision will be just as appealing as this latest one.

Judge: Students Can't Wear Anti-Gay T-Shirt [AP via CBS @ Chicago]

**About a month ago, this writer exchanged emails from on of the two students involved in this case. A sampling of the views that lie behind the shirt:

....the statement "be happy not gay" is a play off of words, and it's truly not that offensive of a statement as people make it out to be. And gays are not born that way, so I don't have to view in that way... and gays are not a race. They are a sexual orientation. It's a choice that they make. It's not like how you're born with brown hair or you're born black or white - you choose to be homosexual.

But that's just it. If their beliefs are allowed, why aren't mine? Their views can be, and are, offensive, but yet are allowed. If the other side was allowed along with theirs, then I wouldn't mind. But it's not.

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