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When You're In School, You Have No Rights

And apparently, according to the Alito Court, when you are out of school you also have no rights:

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech Monday, ruling against a high school student and his 14-foot-long "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner.

Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as
advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court
in a 5-4 ruling.

Joseph Frederick unfurled his homemade sign on a winter morning in 2002,
as the Olympic torch made its way through Juneau, Alaska, en route to
the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Frederick said the banner was a nonsensical message that he first saw
on a snowboard. He intended the banner to proclaim his right to say
anything at all.

Gee, I wonder who those five justices were [/sarcasm]

God what a bullshit decision. The kid did his act when the school was dismissed so that the students could watch the Olympic torch pass. So now kids can be prosecuted for normally constitutional acts outside school hours? That's conservative, Constitution-trampling logic for you, and the last paragraph just made me grin a little:

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.

Yep, in their zeal to put women's wombs under federal control and to reclassify gays as second-class citizens, they shot their own selves in the foot. Yes, let's round up all the hatemongering students of all stripes and expell them under this new empowerment of the public schools. They certainly deserve no less than what Fredricks had to go through because of their hard-on for authoritorianism.


It is also apparent, according to the Alito Court, that there is simply no First Amendment provision that they like:

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that ordinary taxpayers cannot challenge a White House initiative that helps religious charities get a share of federal money.

The 5-4 decision blocks a lawsuit by a group of atheists and agnostics against eight Bush administration officials including the head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

The taxpayers' group, the Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc., objected to government conferences in which administration officials encourage religious charities to apply for federal grants.