1st amendment revised…. No Jesus in Christmas but burn baby burn the American flag.
The first amendment to our nations constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” but apparently many people think the mention of the name of Jesus or quotes from the bible is more offensive than their right to burn the American flag.
Apparently the school board in Killeen Texas did not think they should honor the 1st amendment when a staff member at Patterson Middle School decorated a door with an image of Linus from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the text from his speech about the meaning of Christmas: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord… That’s what Christmas is all about,” because the board voted to remove it.
On the bright side Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter and apologize to the staff member who put it up. Paxton cited a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing students and teachers to express their First Amendment rights of free speech. “Rest assured that, should you comply with the law, my office will gladly exercise its discretion under Section 11.151(e) of the Texas Education Code to represent Killeen ISD in any frivolous litigation that might be filed to inhibit the religious expression and diversity of Killeen’s educational community,” Paxton wrote in his letter.
On the other side of the coin protesters at American university in Washington were burning American flags. Camille Lepre, a spokeswoman from American University, issued a written statement, “About 200 students convened this afternoon in a protest to express their reactions to the presidential election outcome. The university supported the free expression of views on all sides of the political spectrum.”
One student was heard to remark, “This is a representation of America! We are going down in flames!”
Some students challenged the protesters, telling them that their words and actions amounted to hate speech. One person tried to grab a burning flag to try to put out the flames, and people were shouting at one another. At one point, some students began chanting “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” and protesters — holding yellow signs that said, “Black Lives Matter.”
I have to ask
how can the display of words from the bible
be more offensive than the burning of our nations flag?
How can one be protected by the 1st amendment and the other not?
Or more to the point how could this dichotomy
be rationalized by those who defend it?
Shouldn’t freedom of speech
be equal for everyone?