Critics are wrong to fight religious speech at Texas high school

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  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    Religion: Americas' poison.

  • RAB Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    @ Blue and Ed Darrell

    First, 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.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 2:32 p.m.

    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.


  • Ed Darrell Dallas, Texas
    Oct. 25, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    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?

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 25, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    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?

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    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.