Students' Freedom of Speech Speaks Volumes | The Institute for Creation Research
Students' Freedom of Speech Speaks Volumes

Generally, a hoard of rebellious schoolchildren is one of the last things anyone wants to encourage. But religious leaders and First Amendment advocates can cheer for some Tennessee students who, despite a ban, kept up prayer at school events.1

Hamilton County banned student-initiated prayer after the Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the district superintendent in response to a complaint from a Soddy-Daisy High School student's family about prayer over the loud speakers before football games. Nonetheless, students and members of the community rallied together at a public park and then at a football game in October to pray about the ban.

In another case, a Michigan elementary school prohibited a student from handing out invitation flyers to classmates for church activities. A lawsuit was filed by the Alliance Defense Fund on the student's behalf.2 Recently, a federal court ruled that the school violated the student's First Amendment right to free speech and ordered the school district to stop enforcing its ban on students distributing flyers.3

And in a case earlier this year, Pennsylvania school authorities disciplined a student for wearing a T-shirt that read "Abortion Is not Healthcare."4 A lawsuit was filed against the West Shore School District, which later lifted the ban preventing the student from wearing the shirt. The lawsuit was subsequently voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs.

As special interest organizations and politicians try to usurp the moral future of America, it is important for Christian families with children in public schools to remember that their students have First Amendment freedoms. They have both the right and obligation to exercise their faith and speech for the sake of the gospel, especially when there are those who would illegally try to silence them.5

References

  1. Samuel, S. Tenn. Students Keep Up Prayer at School Despite Ban. The Christian Post. Posted on christianpost.com October 28, 2010, accessed November 5, 2010.
  2. Everyone welcome—except churches. Alliance Defense Fund press release, accessed November 5, 2010.
  3. Black, N. Court: Mich. Student Can Hand Out Church Flyers. The Christian Post. Posted on christianpost.com October 27, 2010, accessed November 5, 2010.
  4. Black, N. Pa. Student Free to Wear 'Abortion Is Not Healthcare' Shirt. The Christian Post. Posted on christianpost.com March 18, 2010, accessed November 5, 2010.
  5. Luke 19:37-40.

* Ms. Dao is Assistant Editor at the Institute for Creation Research.

Article posted on November 8, 2010.

The Latest
NEWS
Aerial Engineering and Physics of the Dragonfly
Dragonflies (order Odonata) are perhaps one of the most studied and appreciated insects in the world today. Like the hummingbird, the dragonfly is a master...

NEWS
Seafloor Spreading Matches Creation Predictions
Evolutionary scientists recently determined that seafloor spreading has been slowing down.1 And they are not exactly sure of the reason. However,...

NEWS
Remembering Patti Morse
But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from...

CREATION PODCAST
What Happened with Washington's Violent Volcano? | The Creation...
How did a 1980 volcanic eruption change our understanding of geology? What impact did this event have on the age assignments of sediments? Join us for...

NEWS
Fossil Insect Predation Shows No Evidence of Evolution
Some recent science news stories have come out describing fossils of insects feeding on plants supposedly many “millions of years ago.” What...

NEWS
Adaptive Genetic and Epigenetic Changes in Plants
Being sedentary organisms, plants are essentially stuck where they are planted and need to dynamically adapt to the conditions around them to not only...

NEWS
Dr. Tim Clarey Awarded Adjunct Professor of the Year
Congratulations to ICR Research Scientist and geologist Dr. Tim Clarey! He received the Adjunct Professor of the Year award from King’s University,...

NEWS
Mars Rover Records Dramatic Solar Eclipse
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has filmed the Martian satellite (or moon) Phobos eclipsing the sun, and this short but impressive video may be viewed...

CREATION PODCAST
Darwin or Design? CET Pt. 2 | The Creation Podcast: Episode 22
How does design provide a better explanation for biological functions and adaptations than natural selection? And how can engineering principles help...

NEWS
Resurrecting “Ancient” Enzymes?
The most abundant protein on Earth is probably an enzyme (biological catalyst) called RuBisCO (or Rubisco) designed by the Creator to function in photosynthesis.1...