The Southern Poverty Law Center is fighting for students at Hardin County High School in Tennessee who were banned from displaying support for LGBT rights in any way.
Isabella Nuzzo and other students were told by an assistant principal that they could not wear rainbows or any other symbols of gay rights because those symbols “advertise or promote sex.” Wait, what?
The group also said the assistant principal terminated a student organized “Week of Pride” event to show support for gay rights and threatened students with suspension, class failure and disqualification from graduations.
“I and many other students were really upset with the school for shutting down free speech about a topic I feel strongly about,” Nuzzo said in the release. “I love my gay friends and life is hard enough without being judged for who you are or for believing in equality.”
I hope SPLC takes this up with a lawsuit, because this is absurd. A rainbow signifies sex? Really? Not only does this perpetuate the flawed but repeated idea that sex is bad bad bad and should never be talked about at school, it likens LGBT rights to purely sexual matters. This deserves attention, and this school deserves a national reality check.
What complete idiots. Suggest everyone in that school take to wearing buttons that say Genesis 9:13 (I will set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be the sign of a covenant between me, and between the earth.)
That ought to fix the know-nothings. What are they going to do, ban Bible Verses in the heart of the Bible Belt?