Teen wearing Jesus T-shirt banned and suspended from school

Teens can wear T-Shirts to school saying: “Hail Satan” but the principal of one school in Nova Scotia, Canada bans a teen from wearing a T-shirt with “Life is wasted without Jesus”?!!! (plus a 5-day suspension) Wear is our society going? Is this T-shirt offensive?  I don’t see how?  Christians have been wearing T-shirts and pasting bumper stickers on cars for decades.  Is it confused about our citizens’ Constitutional rights concerning freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, or what? What’s next, banning people from pasting Christian bumper stickers on their cars?!

This is an excerpt from the National Post dated today, Friday, May 4, 2012:

For the past six months, a yellow T-shirt with the slogan “Life is Wasted Without Jesus” has been just another shirt in William Swinimer’s wardrobe.

Lately, the 19-year-old Nova Scotian has worn it every single day since the vice-principal at his high school told him he couldn’t, that it was considered offensive, that it spewed, in his own words, “hate talk.”

Instead of peeling the shirt off like they wanted him to, Mr. Swinimer continued to wear it — straight through a series of in-school suspensions and straight through the five-day at-home suspension he’s currently serving. (read rest in National Post…)

Here’s what our  Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 15, states about our individual equality and protection under the law:

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 15)

Where has our Constitutional rights gone to? It has been blatantly violated.  I think it is people like this school principal at Forest Height Community School in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia is the one who needs a lesson on our rights and freedoms… not Mr Swinimer.  We are living in a society that’s in utter confusion about what is freedom of religion, and we have put to shame those who fought and defended and died for our freedoms.

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Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

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