Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free speech in schools

The Atlantic piece is "If a Student Says Homosexuality Is a Sin in School, Is It Bullying?", by Emma Green. It's about new legislation in Tennessee designed to create guidelines for students to mention religion without freaking out the faculty and staff.

Well-intentioned, or so I'm optimistically going to hope, but yet another sign that believers are too focused on their own (false) victimhood. Religious devotion is not an excuse for demeaning others. If your religion teaches that homosexuality is a sin, you're sufficiently at odds with civil society that you should consider either home-schooling or education at a private school.

The schools are a perilous place in which to play out our society's fiercest social debates.

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