Saturday, May 21, 2011

Freedoms Lost? - #2917 - VIDEO: Candy Candy Case: No First Amendment Rights for Elementary Rights for Elementary Students - Liberty Institute (2) Candy Cane Case Could Make History - Citizen Link

Candy Cane Case - No First Amendment Rights for Elementary Students - Liberty Institute - You won’t believe what this school district is doing that could impact every elementary student in America. First, they banned eight-year-old Jonathan Morgan from handing out candy canes with Jesus’ name on them to classmates at a school holiday party. Then they confiscated a little girl’s pencils after school because they mentioned “God.” But that’s not all… They even banned an entire classroom from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to our troops serving in Iraq! Now, these same government officials are actually arguing in court that elementary students can be discriminated against and are too young to have First Amendment protection, and if they win this case, they could silence 41 million American school kids and their parents.
It’s outrageous. But here we are eight years later in what has been termed the “candy cane” case (Morgan et al. v Plano, Texas Independent School District.) Read our legal brief here.

Jonathan is now 16! And Liberty Institute has been fighting since 2004 to win a final victory on a basic principle: Neither Jonathan nor any child loses his or her First Amendment rights at the schoolhouse door. With no rights, their parents cannot even protect them.AW: A friend sent me this, wanted to make sure everyone knew about this important case that will be heard on Monday and donate if you feel led to do so. To Donate.......  Read entire article.......

Candy Cane Case Could Make History - Citizen Link - It was December 2003, and 8-year-old Jonathan Morgan had packed goodie bags for his classmates. The Plano, Texas, students were to exchange their treasures at the winter party, just like they did every year.  But that year, Jonathan did not get to participate. Why? Because he had included candy cane pens and a message about Jesus in his goodie bags.  Two years earlier, another Plano student had had pencils confiscated from her goodie bags. They read: ”Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”  School officials in Plano even banned an entire class from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards to U.S. troops serving in Iraq.  Today, Jonathan, now 16, and two of his peers are at the center of a history-making legal battle over First Amendment rights. Specifically, are children required to leave their rights at the schoolhouse door?   Read more.......

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