Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bong Hits 4 Jesus, Free Speech, and really, I just wanted to type that

Hee. Seriously.

Kenneth Starr, infamously dogged partisan Republican hack, is working pro bono for the Juneau School District as it attempts to take, to the Supreme Court, no less, its dispute with an ex-student over a banner that the kid displayed at an event that was not even on school property.*

Joseph Frederick, then a high school senior, displayed a banner at a 2002 Olympic torch relay, that read:

"Bong Hits 4 Jesus."

Lordy, do I have fun typing that. And really, what does that mean, anyway?

His unusual message got him suspended. This being the U.S., of course, it all ended up in court. It made it to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which sided with the Frederick on the grounds that the disciplinary action taken against him violated his right of free speech. The school district contends that it was only enforcing its policy that forbids students from 'promoting illegal drug use' at school-sanctioned events.

I dunno, this makes me feel all.... Libertarian. I can't wait to see if the Supreme Court will take it up -- and think of how many more times the phrase will be reprinted as the media and the blogosphere covers it.

*As reported in the Associated Press and reprinted around the world, I suspect.


Deirdre Helfferich said...

I remember hearing about this. Who are these twinks, anyway? What in the hell makes them think they have any right to tell us how to live our lives, what and where and when we can say or not say something---looks like our busybody witch-burning Puritan past is here with a vengeance. Some times it just makes me so MAD!


CabinDweller said...

Orwellian times, my friend.

I'm surprised the Homeland Insecurity Department doesn't have an office of Thought Police.

Too bad W. didn't read that book on his vacation.