Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Censored High School Drawing leads to Lawsuit

John 3:16 a sign of Love

A Tomah High School student has filed a federal lawsuit alleging his art teacher censored his drawing because it featured a cross and a biblical reference.

The picture in question, has already gained an iconic status. It is unfortunate, at this moment that the boys name is not associated with his work. Because of the images `news-worthyness' it has value. And, if the case makes it all the way to the Supreme Court, it's value will only increase.

This is now a work of art that means something.

The debate on the schools rights may be interesting depending what angle they take.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment applied to public schools, and that administrators would have to demonstrate constitutionally valid reasons for any specific regulation of speech in the classroom. (Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District)from Wikepedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_v._Des_Moines_Independent_Community_School_District.

Does the school have a `valid reason' for banning religious, specifically Christian symbols ?(The boy artist points out that other, non Christian symbols are on display in the school.)

The school may argue that fundamentalist Christianity and Islam close people's minds to scientific truth, oppress women and abuse children psychologically with the notion of eternal damnation, as claimed by Oxford Biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The God Delusion.

This could be the next Scopes trial.

(Reported on Fox news here)


John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

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