Liberty In the Eyes of the Beholder?

A few incidents have come up in the past few days that I wanted to briefly comment on – ironically enough, 2 of the 3 involve high schools.

The most well known is the Elena Kagan nomination for Supreme Court. Apparently some “conservatives” are upset that she may or may not be a lesbian. When it comes to the Supreme Court, I am worried about one thing and one thing only: what are their views on the Constitution? I really don’t care what they do in their private lives, and by and large the same goes for ANY public official. But hey, maybe I’m just more enlightened there than most. For some solid thoughts on Kagan and the issues that SHOULD be raised around her nomination, I highly recommend the Cato Institute. Here’s a brief selection from them: Kagan Nomination Launches Constitutional Debate, Does Elena Kagan Support Limited Government?, Kagan: Revenge of the Grinds, Kagan on Military Recruitment, Kagan Nomination: Around the Web, and Kagan Bad, But Not Worst

The other two issues I wanted to discuss both involve high schools and the First Amendment.

In one, Kyle Constable wrote a piece for RedState where he advocates for the silencing of opinions that differ from his own. This, after he has already written a piece separating himself from the tea party movement late last summer (before his issues with Oxendine became front page news on political blogs across the State). As I told him on twitter, one would think that given his own issues with having his speech silenced that he would be more supportive of those using their free speech rights at school.

In the other, Cindye Coates, a former State House candidate in 2008, apparently disagrees with Sprayberry High School in Marietta actually adhering to the First Amendment’s guarantee against theocracy in this country. I fully support religious liberty both at home and abroad, and because of this I completely disagree with her. It is wrong for the mullahs of Iran to force the Iranian people to follow Islam, and it is EQUALLY wrong for the preachers of America to force the American people to follow Christianity. Free Will was God’s single greatest gift to mankind – without it, the Cross was unnecessary. Yet modern “Christians” continue to denigrate this gift and cheapen both it and the sacrifice of the Cross, and I find this just as abominable as they find their multitude of “sins” they rail against government allowing, such as homosexuality.

These three cases are yet further proof that for conservatives, Liberty is in the eyes of the Beholder only.

7 Replies to “Liberty In the Eyes of the Beholder?”

  1. Jeff, you probably didn’t take the time to read the comments on that article, but here is what I wrote in reply those allegations made by someone else:

    “What you’re forgetting is that students don’t have freedom of speech on school grounds. Those rights are taken away.

    For example, in when I lived in Maine, I tried to organize a “See You at the Pole” meeting. There weren’t many Christians at my middle school but I had it approved and then on the day it happened, a couple of people showed up. We prayed and then the others dispersed. I was still there praying when my principal came up to me and told me to leave the flag pole because praying at the flag pole was illegal. After we went into the school, the principal was informed that I had permission to do it because it was happening at the high school as well, but I was told that I could not organize any prayer events at our flag pole if it was not a national event. And she was actually correct. Once you’re on school grounds, you are at the mercy of your administrators.”

  2. I’m no expert but I’m fairly sure that the 1st Amendment applies to the Federal Government and not State and Local Governments. The Constitution is a charter of negative rights for the Federal Government. In the 1800’s many states and many of the Founders encouraged biblical education and prayer in their schools. This is just more evidence against the Federal Department of Education. There shouldn’t be one! And the Federal Government should have no authority to tell my county BOE how to run their educational system. That should be decided by the citizens of our county.

  3. Federalist, I agree with you, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution were written to limit the authority of the Federal Government. I also agree that the power to regulate what happens on PUBLIC property resides at the local level of government. Except for those rights listed in the Bill of Rights, as long as exercising those rights doesn’t impair the rights of others. In other words, if Chistians want to meet and pray on their FREE TIME on the grounds of a public institution, they should be free to do so. But no special exemptions should be given to one group but not to another.

    Sorry about the caps but this forum doesn’t offer italics.

  4. FrontSight says: “sorry about the caps but this forum doesn’t offer italics.

    I beg to differ.

    1. To use italics, see below.
      < .em>test< ./em>

      What you get is: test if you type the html tags without the periods.

      The nature of WordPress won’t install buttons for convenience though, unfortunately.

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