News No Bong Hits For Jesus and No Free Speech for Students
posted by June 25 at 9:14 AMon
The US Supreme Court handed down a batch of decisions today including: loosening restrictions on campaign advertising and limiting the rights of tax payers to sue the government over the use of tax dollars for President Bush’s faith-based initiatives.
It also ruled, as Dan linked in Morning News, in the “Bong Hits for Jesus” case, ruling against a student’s right to free speech.
The ruling continues to push the law away from the Tinker standard which I Slogged about a lot last legislative session. Tinker protected student speech unless administrators could show that it disrupts the school day. Today’s ruling affirms subsequent conservative rulings that say administrators can use subjective standards (“disrupt the educational mission”) allowing them to ban messages based on content wether or not they disrupt the day.
Check in at the First Amendment Center, a student rights group that’s bound to weigh in later today.
Conservatives get that the ruling is chilling. The AP story reports:
Conservative groups that often are allied with the administration are backing Frederick out of concern that a ruling for Morse would let schools clamp down on religious expression, including speech that might oppose homosexuality or abortion.