Today The Christian Post (CP) reported on the suspension reversal of a Texas student who was punished for saying homosexuality is wrong. “14-year-old, Dakota Ary, from Western Hills High School of the Fort Worth Independent School District was initially given a suspension of one day in-school and two days full.”
After learning of the suspension, the student’s mother contacted Liberty Counsel for legal defense. Matt Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel told CP that he believed Western Hills High made the correct decision in reversing their course of action. “The decision to rescind the suspension is the correct one. The suspension was wrong and improper,” said Staver. “I applaud the student for standing up. We stood with him to resist an unjust suspension and we are pleased that suspension has been reversed.”
CP reports that “Dakota Ary was in a German language class at Western Hills when class conversation shifted to the issues of religion and homosexuality. The student reportedly said that ‘being a homosexual was wrong.’ Upon hearing his remark, the teacher proceeded to take administrative action. Ary himself is an honors student, noted for being a member of the high school’s football team and a volunteer at his church. The rescinding of the suspension allows for him to play in an upcoming football game. In a publicly released statement, the Fort Worth Independent School District said that it does not comment on student matters.”
This is code for: “We don’t want to shine more light on the intolerance of some of our employees to free speech.” I’m assuming the teacher did not object to any student saying homosexual behavior was perfectly normal and carried no consequences to youth involved. I’m sure the teacher also failed to mention that half of all new HIV infections are among men who have sex with men.
Staver also commented that: “These instances are increasing and will continue to increase unless Christians and people who love liberty stand up and resist this intolerance.”
We agree with Staver and Liberty Counsel. Tolerance does not mean tolerating intolerance. Adults and youth have the right to disagree with homosexual behavior, no matter how politically incorrect it may be. Free speech is a fundamental right in America, and activists who are quick to equate “disagreement” with “hate” are treading on dangerous ground.
For more information, see: http://www.christianpost.com/news/texas-students-suspension-for-anti-gay-remark-reversed-94734/cpf
Christopher Doyle is the Co-Founder and Acting Director of Voice of the Voiceless. For more information, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info