Saturday, April 10, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court condones censorship of speech--when that speech expresses Christian beliefs

Veteran columnist Nat Hentoff is a professing atheist, but on the issue of religious liberty, he's often more perceptive than many Christians. He states in his April 7 WorldNet Daily column:

Last November, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Brittany McComb who – as a 2006 valedictorian at Foothill High School in Nevada – had her microphone cut off by school officials when she started to speak about how God and Christ had taught her to experience something greater than herself, inspiring her to rise above her early high-school failures.

Brittany had been forewarned. Her high school required a prior draft copy of commencement speeches and censored all references in hers to her religious faith. She went ahead anyway because, as a student of the First Amendment, she knew she was speaking as an individual – and not on behalf of the state as represented by officials of her public high school.

With the help of the Rutherford Institute, headed by John Whitehead – a premier protector of all rights in the Bill of Rights – Brittany appealed the literal cutting off of her First Amendment rights (Brittany McComb v. Gretchen Crehan).

The "liberal" 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals supported the school's censorship because she was "proselytizing." But Brittany was speaking for, and about, herself. She was not trying to convert anyone...

...Brittany's appeal came to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear it. There was no written dissent by any of the Roberts Court justices...

...The censored Brittany McComb did not injure anyone, but her public high school unconstitutionally deeply injured her free-speech rights – an injury in which the Supreme Court has become complicit.

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