Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Making Up Rights, Part II

As if to balance out the universe, there's a report that a California teacher is now under fire for "anti-Christian remarks" after pointing out that the South has both the highest murder rates and rape rates, but also has the highest rate of church attendance, and suggesting that the two may be related. (He could have also pointed out that the South also has the highest illegitimacy rates as well.) So now a student and his parents want to sue the school and have the teacher fired. Why?

"Farnan’s family has filed a federal lawsuit against the Capistrano Unified School District, claiming Corbett's remarks violated the First Amendment, which prohibits laws "respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." "

Does Corbett's words in class make a law? No. Did they establish a state religion? No. Did his words prohibit the free exercise of religion? No. So, aside from the fact that Corbett is not even a government, making it impossible for him to violate anyone's 1st Amendment rights, this is a ridiculous accusation. However, in asking for the teacher to be fired, the parents are asking the government to violate Corbett's 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech.
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