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.