Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sis!  Boom!  BAH!

Today is Tuesday, 23 October 2012.

Medical science knows full well that sharp blows causing the brain to bounce about within the skull can produce permanent, sometimes severe brain damage, particularly when the victim is younger and the brain is not fully developed.  That fact introduces a level of horror to the alleged First Amendment case unfolding in Kountze, Texas, home of the high school football Lions.

Seems that Lions cheerleaders have traditionally held paper banners through which the team bursts at the start of game.  Controversy developed, and a lawsuit ensued, when the school superintendent prohibited banners bearing New Testament verses, such as "Thanks be to God, which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ".

Banner supporters argue that cheerleaders make banners on their own time and at their own expense, and thus their free speech and religious freedom rights are being violated.

Would banner supporters then endorse equal opportunities on the sidelines for members of the First Church of Satan, with the message,"Victory through our Lord Satan"?  Or for members of the Church of Adult-Child Love, advertising, "Victory through pedophilia"?

I think not.

Being endorsed by the school, as evidenced by cheerleader involvements in various regulated school activities, means that, under the law, they aren't citizens engaged in independently doing-their-own-thing via private speech, but are engaged in government-sponsored speech.

And do banner supporters truly and viciously believe that Jesus promotes brain damage in young persons for entertainment purposes?  Why then not "Christian" gladiatorial games?


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