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(Washington Times) A 19 year old California student filed a religious accommodation request after she was ordered to remove a cross necklace because it may offend other students.
Audrey Jarvis was working for the schools Associated Students Productions at a student orientation fair when a Supervisor ordered her to take the necklace off FOX News reports.
It is well established that students retain their constitutionally protected 1st Amendment rights–this includes the right of students to wear T-Shirts other other religious symbols. See, Tinker -v- Des Moines Indep Community School District 393 U.S. 503 (1969) Burnside -v- Byars 363 F. 2d 744 (1966)
Accordingly the American Center for Law & Justice reports school officials do not have complete control over students, likewise students may not be compelled to only express sentiments that are ‘officially’ sanctioned–Schools may only restrict the free speech rights of students when it “materially or substantial disrupts school discipline,” See, Burnside -v- Byars Id
On the 14 February, I wrote here “In order for the state in the person of school officials to justify the prohibition of a particular expression of opinion, it must be able to ‘show that its action was caused by something more than a mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompanies an unpopular viewpoint. Certainly where there is no finding and no showing that engaging in the forbidden conduct would ‘materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school the prohibition can not be sustained.” See Tinker -v- Des Moines Indep Community School Dist Id and Burnside -v- Byars Id
Sonoma State Univ spokesperson Susan Kashack confirmed to FOX News that the incident did occur and expressed the regret that university president Ruben Arminana extended.
One unofficial estimate put today’s Tea Party rally today on Capitol Hill at 7,000 to 10,000 at its peak.
(Businessweek) Thousands of technology firms, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S. national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return, receiving benefits that includes access to classified intelligence, four Whistleblowers familiar with the process have confirmed.
The government has previously assured us that the “data mining” of our personal information is kept in the strictest of confidences.
Do you feel better now, not knowing who may be the actual custodian of your personal information today and who its being shared it with?
(CBS News Detroit) Michigan Democrat Congressman John Conyers says that he fears that the nation may be “on the verge of becoming a surveillance state,” during Obama’s Watch.
Conyers comments follow growing concerns amid revelations about government surveillance of Americans.
“We have a feeling, at least some of us, that its not necessary, nor does it serve a legitimate legal protective service,” Conyers said adding that he believes the NSA surveillance on Americans is too “far reaching…and violates the fundamental privacy, of law-abiding citizens.”
Big Brother Is Watching
(AL.com) Sales of George Orwell’s “1984″ have increased more than 6000% in the wake of NSA Surveillance Scandal during Obama’s Watch.
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(Gateway Pundit) On this day in 1964 Sen Everett Dirksen (R-IL) condemned the Democrats 57 day filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, leading the Democrats in their opposition to civil rights was KKK Member Sen Robert Byrd (D-WV) which Democrats to this day still refer to him as ‘the conscience of the Senate.’
(US News & World Report) Nine companies listed in Obama’s leaked Natl Security Agency surveillance program of Americans will be named as Defendants in a class action suit to be filed on Wednesday, in USDC Washington, DC