Last night when I opened the AOL start page, I noticed this story.
Anna Amador says the principal at McSwain Elementary School, a K-8 school in Merced, Calif. ordered her daughter to take off the T-shirt she wore to school on "National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day" in April 2008. The shirt displays two graphic photos of a fetus in the womb with the word "growing" under the images. A third box is black, and features the word "gone."
Then, I got angry. Or rather, righteously indignant. Again. As I often do when I see blatant abuses of the first amendment by those who say they respect it's principles.
Mrs. Amador alleges the school 's administrators grabbed her daughter's arm in a "vice-like grip" while escorting her to the principle's office.
Some might become enraged over the alleged rough treatment of the child, and I can understand that. Teachers and school administrators are, after all, human, and prone sometimes, to over zealousness.
But that could also be an exaggeration by an overly protective mother. We've all seen that happen on occasion.
I can see where she might have some trouble convincing a jury or a judge that the school officials overstepped their bounds when they physically compelled her to walk to the principals office.
With that acknowledged, what I can't understand is the school's definition of the word, "inappropriate".
According to School district officials,
[T]he T-shirt violated the school's dress code, which forbids any clothing advertising "inappropriate subject matter" like tobacco, drug or alcohol use, sexual promiscuity, profanity or vulgarity.
But sanctity of life? That is inappropriate?
It's inappropriate to champion a pre-born baby's right to life? What kind of convoluted logic is that?
It can't be the images depicted on the shirt that are inappropriate. Those very same images are found in the pages of the school's text books.
I'll bet the school allows T-shirts that promote death metal bands, and obscene rappers, and pedophiles (like Michael Jackson), and Charles Darwin, and gay rights, and abortion on demand, and anarchy, and any one of dozens of Liberal and/or anti-Christian messages.
"The message of the T-shirt is that life is sacred," says Becker, a First Amendment attorney. "One would be very hard pressed to find anything wrong with that particular idea, except that some people do object to the political message."Funny how the Libs respect the first amendment right to free speech except when they disagree with the message.