This is a Texas judge. This will be overturned. No brainer...
The bottom line is:Regardless of your views of religion and or the
religious,Religious people are guaranteed freedom of speech too, in
the public square.
@10ccI think what you are saying istrue. As someone that is not religious
and whose daughter has at times been treated with less than warm fuzzes by those
that are I am very sensitive to this issue as well. I guess I am trying to find
some way in my own mind to reconcile the rights of the cheerleaders with the
rights of those children (like my daughter) that are not of the same religion
and frankly I am not sure were that balance is or if there even is such a thing.
I guess there is a reason why the idea of a very clear wall of separation of
church and anything related to the state just seems to be so clearly the only
Tolstoy:In my experience, kids are pretty impressionable, and they
seek acceptance and a sense of belonging with their peers.Even if
all the cheerleaders "choose" to participate, there is no coercion, it
is a freely participating group, the cheerleaders are considered
"leaders" by a lot of other kids. If you're the Mormon kid, or the
Jewish kid, there's a reasonable chance you'll feel alienated (for
LDS, especially if you hear what the Evangelicals says about Mormons).It's one thing for an adult to brush off what others say, but when
you're a kid, the power of peer pressure and wanting to belong is quite
powerful... and potentially quite damaging, if you're not of the right
background.Where I live I've known a number of non-LDS parents
who've had their teenagers seek LDS baptism, because they want to belong,
the spirit resonates with them, etc. Now, I'm a "live and let
live" guy, so if one of my kids switched churches, I would be OK with it,
but I know it has caused a lot of tension within families, as you can
imagine.More explicit pressure is disruptive.
It's a tough topic with no easy answers. What happens if an LDS student
wants to display a banner with a Book of Mormon verse and the other cheerleaders
object? What about verses from the Koran, or the sayings of Confucius or Buddha?
As long as it remains the private decision of these 15 cheerleaders and those
that choose (choose being the key word) to join them, they pay for it with their
own funds and those that choose (there is that word again) not to join are not
punished and the school remains uninvolved and allows other students of
different beleifs to make the same type of choices to express themselves then it
is the students (not the schools) right to do so.
Just wait till someone wants to put up a "praise Allah" banner. Then we will see just how tolerant the religious are.
I hope the cheerleaders, and not the school, are paying for the materials to
produce the banners (paper, paint, etc.); otherwise, public money is being used
to promote a specific religious point of view.
This topic keeps coming up over & over, particularly in Texas."Hooray for religious freedom!" today.But tomorrow there
could be a Jewish family who objects to the explicit message supporting
Christianity, and they'll be the bad guys, or the ACLU, or liberals trying
to destroy America.Do an internet search of "ACLU Mormon
highschool prayer Santa Fe Texas" and you'll find a more disturbing
angle on religious freedom in full bloom.A Mormon family and
Catholic family objected to the heavy "Christian" overtones in the
schools in Santa Fe, Texas, including a 7th grade history teacher handing out
flyers for an after hours Christian gathering. A Mormon kid asked
if everyone was invited, to which the teacher asked "what are you?", and
upon hearing "LDS" replied "well, that's a cult". The
teacher was forced to apologize by the school district, and later resigned."The government is trying to take the Lord out of our hearts and
minds, and it's going to be the downfall of this country. The devil is
getting too much say here." Evidently in Santa Fe, Texas, Satan
was working through a Mormon kid.Over the top.
Well done!Keep up the good work ladies!Though I'm
not particularly religious, it is nauseating listening to those who demand free
speech and free love and free healthcare and free housing and free food for
anyone who wants it, but then tries to restrict the free religious rights of
those who acknowledge God.