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ACLU Defends Christian Students’ Anti-Islam Tshirts

Those people who think that the ACLU is a liberal organization that just uses the Constitution to promote its particular agenda might reconsider that opinion upon hearing about the recent activities of the ACLU of Florida. The organization is filing a lawsuit to support Christian students in the Alachua County School District who wore t-shirts with designs praising Christianity on the front of the shirts and the phrase “Islam Is Of The Devil” on the back.

When the students wore the shirts to school, there was no disruption of the ordinary school day. Yet, school officials banned students from wearing the shirts, even when new versions of the shirts were created that shortened the anti-Islam phrase to I.I.O.T.D.

The school district explained that shirts were banned because they were “offensive”. Yet, pro-religion messages on t-shirts have been allowed by the district. So, it seems that the schools allow only messages that praise religious beliefs, while banning messages that criticize religious beliefs – an unfairly skewed form of censorship.

It’s true that “Islam Is Of The Devil” isn’t a very intelligent critique of a religious practice, but then, kids in school wear t-shirts that say stupid things all the time. A better school policy would encourage students to discuss the messages they see on each others’ clothing, and research the larger cultural context of those messages. Censorship won’t stop criticism of religion – it will just make the criticism more heated when it takes place outside of school walls.

9 comments to ACLU Defends Christian Students’ Anti-Islam Tshirts

  • Tom

    What’s the point? No one can scrub this kind of thinking from stupid people’s minds. It all goes back to “You can’t legislate morality.”

  • JD

    Morality is legislated in nearly every law passed.

  • paul

    may be you should tell the dead soldiers and civilians families at ft. hood about the peaceful loving religion of islam

    • Paul, can you read? Did you do anything but skim the headline? In the context of this article, your comment makes no sense.

      Oh, and if we’re going to judge a religion according to the actions of one individual, maybe you should tell the hundreds of dead people in Oklahoma City who were killed by Timothy McVeigh about the peaceful, loving religion of Christianity.

  • HareTrinity

    Much as I’m not happy with censorship, I think you’re underestimating the extent to which bullying can take place.

    • If there’s actual bullying, that’s another matter. That’s harassment, and it’s against school policies regardless of the content of the harassment. Do you think we should regard criticism of religion as a form of illegal harassment?

  • ramone

    it’s tough to live in a country that lets assholes spew their feces at will, with the protection of our constitution. still, i’m grateful to have the ACLU around to defend said assholes.
    never know when someone will label me “said asshole”
    BTW: if there is a peace loving element to islam they sure do a good job of hiding it.
    at least christians pay a lot of lip service to peace and love.all the good it does…

  • People are just RUDE anymore. Christian does not = hateful and judgmental.

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