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Homophobes Say The Darndest Things: Where Hate Speech Meets Free Speech

THE STUDENT

Dakota Ary’s mother calls him an honors student who gets good grades, plays football and stays out of trouble. But when his German teacher, who had been discussing homosexuality, allegedly overheard Ary telling the friend behind him, “No gays allowed in Christianity,” the teacher began yelling and sent the Texas teen to the assistant principal, who suspended Ary for two days. (The suspension was reduced to one day after hearing Ary’s version of events.) “We were talking about religions in Germany,” Ary explained. “I said, ‘I’m a Christian. I think being a homosexual is wrong… I didn’t say it to be rude to anyone. I said it like how I believe about it.”

Ary’s mother hired Matt Krause, an attorney with the Liberty Counsel, who demanded that school administrators wipe the suspension off of Ary’s record and take no further actions against him. Krause said that Ary’s free-speech rights do not end when he comes to school. (The U.S. Supreme Court might agree with him.)

 

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