My reservations about allowing students free speech protections while they’re in school correlates with the values and good sense of the teachers and school administrators. More important than children exercising their Constitutional freedom is learning what they’re to use freedom for. Parents teach that. Accountable, responsible schools teach that.
In 2006, Eugene Volokh reported on a California high school student who protested his school’s gay “rights” agenda. This being a case in which the school was proselytizing the moral equivalence of perversion and virtue, conscience compelled the student to speak.
Harper’s speech is constitutionally unprotected, the Ninth Circuit just ruled today, in an opinion written by Judge Reinhardt and joined by Judge Thomas; Judge Kozinski dissented. According to the majority, “derogatory and injurious remarks directed at students’ minority status such as race, religion, and sexual orientation”—which essentially means expressions of viewpoints that are hostile to certain races, religions, and sexual orientations—are simply unprotected by the First Amendment in K-12 schools. Such speech, Judge Reinhardt said, violates “the rights of other students” by constituting a “verbal assault that may destroy the self-esteem of our most vulnerable teenagers and interfere with their educational development.”
Ergo, schools have a constitutional obligation to churn out obliviots. They may be incompetent, but at least they don’t suspect it.
Teaching sanctimonious “vulnerable teenagers” humility is a boost to their educational development. It makes admitting when you’re wrong possible.
Eight years later, the gay athlete’s right of passage is “publicly acknowledging his sexuality” in the haziest, most congratulatory terms. ESPN celebrates:
Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball, sharing his story with ESPN and Outsports.
The 22-year-old shooting guard came out to his family, coaches and teammates in just a few days at the beginning of April. That’s when he also decided to publicly acknowledge his sexuality.
Only a sliver of it, thankfully. The withholding of details belies just how much perversion liberal society is willing to acknowledge.
There’s a lot more to sexuality than being attracted to either sex. I, for example, am attracted to certain girls with certain attributes, with whom I participate in certain activities in certain scenarios. None of which is the public’s duty to acknowledge or accept.
My kinks are mine, and I deal with them. God gave us our kinks to enjoy, but outside of marriage they are perversion. They devour the soul.
Gordon doesn’t want to deal with his kinks. He has allowed his kinks to define him. He waged a good fight, but he’s given up. He is who he is. Take it or leave it.
“I’ve been crying,” Darryl told his brother. “This is something I can’t believe. This can’t be you. Maybe you need counseling?”
Derrick rejected that idea outright. No way. “This is who I am,” he said to Darryl. “I’m happy with who I am, and I just want you to support me.”
Of course he rejected it outright. Any recognition that he is in the wrong bursts the carefully constructed bubble that he is in the right.
The distinction between a sinner and his sins can be subtle, but it wasn’t subtle to Darryl Gordon. He loves his brother. He loves him so much that he had to think about that ultimatum, to actually consider pushing his brother away, by trying to help him rise above his sin.
Jesus said, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” When everyone is led away from the path to eternal rest and holiness with God will there at last be no division.