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Posted on 06/03/2010 2:56:11 AM PDT by GonzoII
Wednesday June 2, 2010
Fed Court Vindicates Student Suspended for Wearing Rosary
NEW YORK, June 2, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) A federal court judge has ordered a New York school district to readmit a seventh-grade student suspended indefinitely for wearing a rosary to school after officials said the Catholic prayer beads violated the school's dress code.
U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence E. Kahn issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday ordering Schenectady City School District to permit 13-year-old Raymond Hosier to return to classes at Oneida Middle School wearing his rosary.
"We're delighted that Raymond can now return to school with his Rosary in place," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ.
"This is an important first step in the legal process in what we believe will ultimately result in the federal district court determining that the punishment inflicted by the school district by suspending Raymond for wearing a Rosary not only was wrong, but violated his constitutionally-protected rights of free speech and free exercise of religion."
Hosier has worn a Rosary displayed around his neck and outside his shirt since September 2009. However, school officials suspended him indefinitely on the basis that the rosary violated the school district's dress code policy and was presumed to be a gang-related symbol.
Contrary to school officials' assertions, the ACLJ argues that Hosier wears a rosary to express his faith in God, and honor the memory of a deceased uncle and a brother, who died with the same rosary in his hand. The ACLJ complaint also contends that Raymond is not a member of any criminal gang, and does not wear the beads to promote gang membership or violence.
Kahn set a hearing date for June 11. At that time, the court could grant a preliminary injunction, permitting Hosier to continue wearing his rosary in school until the court comes to a final decision.
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That’s right. You do NOT want to meet a Sister of Mercy in a dark alley!
“Nuns with Guns” - a likeable phrase!
“Zero tolerance” insanity is what I think motivates the school board on this.
Policy prohibits school boards from distinguishing this young man’s prayer beads from someone else who might be using rosary beads as a weapon or garrotte.
You are right, the school’s policy was insane.
What if gangs suddenly began wearing American Flags, would the school then ban the saluting of the flag? We can’t and should not allow evil to usurp our traditional symbols of good. For centuries the rosary beads have been a symbol and instrument of “good”. It was right for the court to uphold that.
Huh? I can understand cupcakes but .....
Don't just wear it, pray it!I was reading The Secret of the Rosary and there was a story where a religious wore the rosary dangling from his waist outside his robe, and Mary appeared in a vision saying, by doing so, the religious encouraged others to pray and that he himself added years to his life [so he could *now* start praying the rosary himself].
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