Posted on May 21, 2012 by Tom Gilson
There’s a definite religious freedom theme here. There’s also a human respect issue going on.
William Swiminer, a 12-grade student at Forest Heights Community School in Chester Basin, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been suspended for a second time for wearing a T-shirt which mentioned the name of Jesus.
Here’s the human respect angle, as I see it. Swiminer’s T-Shirt was supposedly offensive. The school board superintendent’s position is that “’it was never about the shirt,’ but rather, about how to express one’s beliefs without offending others.”
The school felt it necessary to protect other students from its message. Why doesn’t the school respect other students enough to quit babying them, let them grow up, and handle these things for themselves?
I have my own guess, but I’ll let you comment and tell me what you think the answer might be.