If You Have to Make a Law…

LGBT groups object:

A bill that would that specify in state law that Kentucky’s public school students and public college or university students are allowed to express their religious and political views in their school work, artwork, speeches and other ways is heading to the governor for his signature.

Senate Bill 17, sponsored by Sen. Albert Robinson (R-London), also states that public school students are allowed to display religious messages on their clothes while at school, use school newspapers and public address systems to announce student religious meetings, and distribute political literature on school grounds. And Kentucky public colleges and universities would be prohibited from both unreasonable restrictions on student speech exercised outdoors on campus and from give religious and political organizations “equal access to public forums.”

If you need a law to insure that the First amendment is followed, then we’re all in trouble. The nibblers have used the idea of “offending someone” to nibble away right…bit by bit…until lawmakers are forced to come up with a specific law. A law which we never should have needed.

We do not have freedom from religion, but we all have freedom of religion.


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4 Responses to If You Have to Make a Law…

  1. onwyrdsdream says:

    The language of the bill specifically sites religion for being able to wear things.

    allow students to display religious messages on items of clothing, access public school facilities during noninstructional time as a religious student organization, use school media to announce student religious meetings, and meet as a religious student group during noninstructional time and before and after school to the same extent as students undertaking such actions in a nonreligious manner;

    they should modify “display religious” to “display religious or political” or a school administrator will read it in a weazley way in order to do this again. Probably the same for the rest of the language.


    Offense isn’t really something that can be scoped with a limiting principle, so it is hard to codify. It is subjective, and if the side making the accusation isn’t playing fair, they’re still the only authority on their own feelings, even if they’re an unreliable authority.


  2. No, we also do have freedom from religion. That doesn’t mean we can legitimately prevent others’ religious expressions. It means we cannot be forced to participate. Like any other speech : say what you will. I will not be required to listen.

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  3. As we both agree…I’ll just apologize for my imprecise vocabulary. We do not have the right to avoid religion, as practiced by others. We also cannot assume that religion is something which is compartmentalized away from our civic participation.

    The Creator of the universe doesn’t speak to me about the need for School Bond #2 for example, but there are a lot of subjects on which He has already been clear.


    • I will steer you to a more precise wording: we do have the right to avoid the practice of religion by others. I can stay out of your church. I can step out of the town council meeting until after the invocation or whatever. What we cannot legitimately do is prevent the practice of religion by others.


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