Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Freedom vs. freedom

Here's a story I spotted on line with all sort of implications:

It seems that the cheerleaders at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, of all people, have opened up a fascinating Constitutional situation. For the past six years, they have been preparing the paper banners that the football teams runs through, just like practically every other high school team does before a game. In fact, they seem to spend part of their summers getting them ready.

Here's the catch: The banners contain Bible quotations.

The Chattanooga paper has this story on the controversy.

Be sure to read some of the comments at the bottom of the story. It's caused quite a debate in the community. I particularly liked the line of thought that went something like, "If you don't like it, stay home."

The legal analysts in the audience can bring up all sorts of discussion points here. But two came to mind for me immediately, one of which was also raised by Sports by Brooks, without taking sides here:

1. What if the cheerleaders put up Muslim quotations?

2. What would happen if a football player went out of his way to avoid running through the banner?

Ah, freedom of speech. Full of trapdoors.

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