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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

U.S. Supreme Court protects American students from censorship and religious discrimination by school personnel....

Great news from the U.S. Supreme Court! By refusing to hear the Baldwinsville School District's appeal of a ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that the school district teacher discriminated against a kindergartner by censoring his project that expressed a religious viewpoint, the highest court in the land made it clear that religious censorship by public schools violates the U.S. Constitution.

The court, by its allowing the lower federal court's decision to stand, affirmed the student's free speech right and right of religious expression free of censorship, discrimination or persecution.

This is not only a victory in the hard fight to protect American citizens' freedoms of religion and speech, it is a victory for students' academic rights to not have teachers and school administrators who have carved out a "special right" of their own to exercise censorship and mind control over students in American schools.

Perhaps success in this case will aide in getting the much-needed Academic Bill of Rights adopted in schools at all education levels and/or passed by all state legislatures and signed into law---everywhere in this country. Personally, I would like to see a national Academic Bill of Rights passed by the Congress and signed into law by the President---and then enforced!

Our captive-audience children have had liberal secular-humanist social and political ideologies and agendas pushed on them---in a form of subtle to blatant indocrination, both in their classrooms and in their textbooks---since the social, sexual and civil rights revolutions of the "if-it-feels-good-do-it" 1960s.

Academia made a nationwide hard-left turn---from serving en loco parentis to being self-appointed surrogates for unwitting or unwilling parents, snatching control from those parents of their childrens' rights, belief systems, expression, bodies, sexuality, and political orientation. They have marginalized and undermined parents and seriously damaged the concepts of family, faith and responsibility.

Educators should be re-educated and put back on task---to provide all students with a basic education, while keeping their own beliefs, ideologies and agendas to themselves. If they can't do that, they do not belong in any classroom in America.

Read more about the new Supreme Court precedent that was set in this case, below and at cnsnews.
"Supreme Court Won't Rule on Kindergartener's Religious Discrimination Case"

"The Supreme Court Monday refused to hear the case of a New York kindergartner who sued his school after the Jesus poster he submitted for a class assignment on saving the environment was allegedly censored. In Baldwinsville School District v. Peck, the high court let stand a ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that prohibited public schools from censoring the religious viewpoints of students in class assignments....

'Today's ruling is a victory for religious freedom and students who have been singled out for discrimination by overzealous school officials,' said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.... 'In a nation founded on religious freedom, it is appalling that a kindergarten student would be subjected to censorship and humiliation simply for expressing his religious viewpoint..."

Perkins said the court's decision "serves as a warning to school officials who engage in viewpoint discrimination and trample on the civil liberties of students."

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