If the cheerleaders were expressing themselves using verses from the Koran,
would you be OK with that, too?Using public resources to promote
religion - any religion - is a violation of the First Amendment. It's not
that difficult a concept.
Hey - if you want to tear up the Word of God and trample it in the mud, go right
ahead.I think it is a really weird thing for people who claim to
love and honor God to do, but that is just my opinion.I wonder if
the reaction would be different if the full Bible were being trampled instead of
just select verses?
In the previous incident in Texas, the football prayers, the plaintiffs in the
suit were the Mormon kid and the Catholic kid. The prayers offered were
occasionally anti-Mormon, sometimes anti-Catholic -- and when the suit was
filed, the local "Christians" beat up the one Jew in the high school to
retaliate. Does the Deseret News endorse anti-Mormon statements by
cheerleaders in this case? Does the Deseret News know what the statements
are?Does it bother the Deseret News that the Word of God is torn up
and trampled on the ground at the start of these games? Will the
Deseret News support the use of verses from the Qu'ran?When did
the newspaper toss away the First Amendment?
Legally, Jonathan Zimmerman is probably correct in saying that the cheerleaders
were exercising free speech because the school did not dictate what was written
on the banners.What he failed to mention, however, is that the
school district showed incredibly poor judgment by allowing students
participating in a school activity to exercise free speech in this way. What
next? A student in a school play wearing a T-shirt with the words "God is
dead"? A marching band member taping the words "Heil Hitler" to his
sousaphone? In other words, the school district has opened a can of worms.********************
@ Blue and Ed DarrellFirst, Why wouldn't we be okay with using
verses from the Koran? I've read it. No one should be having heart problems
over(gasp)seeing someone quote the Koran.Second, You are both wrong.
Promoting religions is NOT a violation of the First Amendment. The meaning of
the amendment is clear to anyone who values freedom. The federal government will
NOT tell me what to do or what not to do with regards to my religion -
REGARDLESS of who pays for it. Government can promote beliefs its citizens as
long as other citizens are not excluded. Anyone that screams in terror at the
sight of a menorah and a nativity scene on the state capitol lawn needs a
therapist rather than a copy of the constitution.Atheists,
anti-Mormons, anti-Catholics and anti-Semites DO NOT have the same right because
they do not profess a belief. They profess a disbelief, an anti-belief.
Anti-beliefs say nothing about the person's beliefs. They merely contend
with other people's beliefs. Disbeliefs, anti-beliefs, and contentions
cannot be protected by the constitution.
Religion: Americas' poison.