Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Florida Students Wear "Islam is of the Devil" T-shirts to School

There was a time when parents tried to teach their kids acceptance. Gainesville, FL high school students have been sent home over the last few days for wearing t-shirts with the phrase “Islam is of the Devil” on the back. The children wearing the shirts belong to the Dove World Outreach Center, an evangelical “New Testament Church.”

The T-shirts had a verse from the Gospel of John on the front: "Jesus answered I am the way and the truth and the life; no one goes to the Father except through me," and the statement, "I stand in trust with Dove Outreach Center." The students were sent home for violation of the school district's dress code when they declined to change clothes or cover their clothing.

Freedom of speech does not apply in this case, according to legal experts:
Catherine Cameron, a faculty member at the Stetson College of Law, said the school district "likely has a good leg to stand on from a First Amendment standpoint" because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in several cases that public schools may quash speech deemed disruptive "even if it steps on the other child's free speech rights."
Also, Ron Collins, a scholar with the nonprofit First Amendment Center in Washington D.C., said courts give public school officials a "significant amount of latitude" in regulating student dress that could be disruptive.
"Here, it's not only a religious expression. It's a religious expression that is hostile to other forms of religious expression."
What's happened to people? Every time you turn around, it seems there is a new excuse for hate.

Saeed R. Khan, president of the Muslim Association of North Central Florida, said:
"It's pretty offensive, isn't it? Particularly in a school setting where you are trying to create an atmosphere where people are supposed to respect each other and live with each other, where we have people of every ethnicity and every religion."
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9 comments:

dab said...

shame on them for disrespecting and insulting Islam. they are not followers of Jesus since he didn't teach this shameless behavior.

Anonymous said...

Islam isn't the devil. Teaching hatred is the devil. Shame on this church and the parents of the kids for promoting this kind of drivel. Has anyone in the church, or any of the parents, ever gotten to know a Muslim? Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

And they have the nerve to call themselves Dove World Outreach Center, when what they're doing is the exact opposite of reaching out with peace to the world.

fuckoffislam said...

people, you need to take a good hard look at whats going on around you. wake up and stop acting like you are stupid. islam is nothing more than pure evil. allways has been, allways will be. you speak out about nonesence when the fact of the matter is islam's sharia law will make your newborn daughters elegible for marriage to some 90 year old child molesting shah. shamefull in of itself, you think?

fuckoffislam said...

people, you need to wake up to whats going on around you. those children and that church is well within their legal and civil rights to wear a shirt that says the truth. islam is EVIL. allways has been, allways will be.

Anonymous said...

Where is the ACLU? Where is the outrage at crushing this girl's free speech?

The "expert" you cited said that free speech may not apply here NOT because of what the shirt said but because it took place in a school.

Although I do not agree with what the shirt has to say, people should indeed have the right to wear it.

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"Here, not only a religious expression. It is a religious expression that is hostile to other forms of religious expression."

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Those children and that church is well within their legal and civil rights to wear a shirt that says the truth.