Religious Oppression?

A student, Bryan Killian, in North Buncombe, NC, has been suspended from his school for wearing the costume required by his religion. No, he was not wearing a yamulke, nor the plain clothes of the Amish. He was wearing a pirate costume. He claims to worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Since [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

A student, Bryan Killian, in North Buncombe, NC, has been suspended from his school for wearing the costume required by his religion. No, he was not wearing a yamulke, nor the plain clothes of the Amish. He was wearing a pirate costume. He claims to worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Since this is not a dedicated link, I’™m going to heavily quote the article:

A North Buncombe student is suspended for wearing pirate attire to class. The school says he created a disturbance. But Bryan Killian says costume is part of his religion, Pastafarianism, and that the suspension is the school’™s way of violating his first amendment rights.

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Officials at North Buncombe say their decision to suspend Killian for one day had nothing to do with religion or religious beliefs. In a statement, Buncombe County Schools say, ‘œ’¦clothes and items that are deemed to be inappropriate or disruptive to classroom instruction are prohibited.’ School administrators also say he ignored repeated warnings about his attire, and they had no choice but suspend him.

First they come for the Bong Hits 4 Jesus guy, then they come for the kid who believes in the FSM. Almost brings me to tears. . . or perhaps it is time to break out in song?!?!?!

Yo Ho

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’™s life for me.

We pillage, we plunder, we rifle, and loot,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

We kidnap and ravage and don’™t give a hoot,

Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’™s life for me.

We extort, we pilfer, we filch, and sack,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

Maraud and embezzle, and even high-jack,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’™s life for me.

We kindle and char, inflame and ignite,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

We burn up the city, we’™re really a fright,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

We’™re rascals, scoundrels, villans, and knaves,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

We’™re devils and black sheep, really bad eggs,

Drink up, me ‘earties, yo ho.

You can vote on whether you agree with Bryan’™s suspension. The latest polling shows 88% of respondents think the North Buncombe school did NOT take the appropriate action in Bryan’™s case. On a side note, the SpinDentist is NOT convinced that this is the same Bryan Killian who is Justice Scalia’™s clerk. The ages of the Bryans certainly don’™t match. But that sure would be ironic. . .

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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