Today’s conundrum for conservatives

March 18, 2007

Reported in today’s NYT:

A school principal in Alaska suspended a student for carrying a banner, at the procession of the Olympic torch through town, saying “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” So of course the Bush administration is in favor of the school district’s action, and the ACLU is against.

So what else is new? Well, some of the conservative “religious freedom” groups realized that any power given to school administrators to censor student expression could be used to censor religious expression as well, so they have come down on the side of the student.

One factor in the arguments is that a provision in the No Child Left Behind law apparently jeopardizes federal funding for schools that do not convey a consistent message opposing drug use. More broadly, the principal and her defenders argue that a school has a right to control student speech in the interest of the school’s educational mission. This has the religious folks very worried.

And just yesterday there was a story in which a law meant to ensure equal treatment for religious student groups has turned out to require equal treatment for the Gay/Straight Alliances too.

I love it.

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