Catholic Mother Sues Teacher for Kicking Anti-Gay Student Out of Classroom
A Catholic mother who just doesn’t get it is suing her son’s school district in some inane perversion of the old freedom of religion excuse. When her son Daniel Glowacki was asked to remove a confederate belt buckle in Mr. Johnson (Jay) McDowell’s classroom on Spirit Day, a day meant to acknowledge and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.
The law center, which defends religious freedoms of Christians, said the district allowed Daniel Glowacki, 16, to be bullied for his religious beliefs on a day students and teachers were supporting the rights of gays and lesbians to be protected from bullying.
The suit says McDowell kicked Glowacki out of an economics class Oct. 20, 2010, while the district was observing anti-bullying day and Spirit Day — when the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation encouraged students nationwide to wear purple to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students.
McDowell wore a purple T-shirt in support of a Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after a roommate streamed an Internet video of him kissing a male student, the suit says.
The suit says McDowell told a student to remove a Confederate flag belt buckle that he found offensive. That prompted Daniel Glowacki to ask McDowell why it was OK to display the rainbow flag, which represents gay pride.
Here’s the thing: Glowacki can practice his religion until the cows come home for all we care. His religion does not however give him the right to diminish or insult anyone else that his religion deigns to slight. All of this is largely irrelevant though in this case.
Glowacki was kicked out of class for wearing a hallmark of racism, bigotry, hate, and discrimination on a day encouraging young minds to stretch their minds a bit and consider tolerance and acceptance. Pardon my language here, but the kid was kicked out of class for acting like a little shit – not for exercising his religion.
(via Detroit Free Press)