by Carly Hill
This week, a middle school in Kansas is in the news for preventing a student from organizing a “See You at the Pole” prayer time. Fliers she posted in the school contained “illegal” Bible verses. An attorney filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of this girl who was penalized for posting John 3:16 and Romans 5:8.
Objectively, which of the following quotes is most offensive:
– “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotton Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. “- John 3:16
The Lyrics to Lil’ Wayne’s “Good Kush & Alcohol” – I actually can’t post the lyrics here because they are so sexually explicit, every line would pretty much be all astericks *********.
This middle school actually allowed the Lil’ Wayne lyrics to be posted, but not the Bible verses.
The first amendment protects free speech for all American citizens, students included. Now, I can understand a school punishing a kid and taking down a poster with sexually explicit lyrics, but a Bible verse about God’s love? Really?
Stepping outside of my own Christian perspective – it’s simply unfair to allow first amendment rights to students who want to post lyrics that will offend other students, but to penalize another student for doing the same thing. I know that America isn’t full of Christians and I’m glad its not. The beauty of our nation is that we are free to decide who we worship. I just can’t understand why a Bible verse about God’s love is more offensive than a song with racial slurs , descriptions of sex acts, and parts that call women b*tches.
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