Thursday, May 17, 2007

Calif. students were suspended for refusing to observe pro-homosexual 'Day of Silence'

allie martin
May 15, 2007
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Dozens of students at three Sacramento, California, area public schools were suspended when they took a stand against a pro-homosexual event -- the "Day of Silence," which was observed nationwide late last month.

In the Sacramento area, an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 students chose to stay home instead of being confronted with the pro-homosexual message on the Day of Silence. But nearly 50 students who did attend school that day wore clothing and distributed literature highlighting the dangers of homosexuality. Some of these students were sent home, some were suspended, and others were given "Saturday school."

Brad Dacus is president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), which is working to clear the offenses from the students' records. "We're hopeful that we'll be able to reach a positive resolution without having to file a lawsuit. We're still at the early stages," he says.

"Unfortunately, California is like many parts of the country," Dacus points out. "School districts and administrators are often very dogmatic about their liberal agendas," he says.

The head of PJI believes the suspension of students who chose to counter the homosexual message was a clear violation of the Constitution of the United States. "The Constitution protects students from being discriminated against simply because the school district doesn't like what they say or the fact that what they say comes from the Bible," he asserts.

Dacus says the attorneys at PJI are working to have the suspensions rescinded. If that does not happen, however, he says legal action will be necessary, and this case could possibly wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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