Thursday, March 22, 2007

Gutsy Teen Bears Witness to the Truth on the Day of Silence

From "Naperville teen sues school over her anti-gay T-shirt" by Meg McSherry Breslin, posted Mar. 22, 2007, at the Chicago Tribune

A student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, arguing that her school violated her civil rights by refusing to let her wear a T-shirt opposing homosexuality on moral grounds.

The student is represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, a national organization based in Arizona that has filed at least eight similar lawsuits across the country, said Gary McCaleb, senior counsel for the group.

McCaleb said the group is trying to "enable Christian students to express a contrasting viewpoint on homosexuality."

According to the suit, Heidi Zamecnik, a 17-year-old Naperville resident and a senior at Neuqua Valley, wore a T-shirt to school last April stating, "Be Happy, Not Gay."

Zamecnik donned her shirt in response to the Day of Silence, a national event recognized by many schools. Students can refuse to speak during the school day--even in response to faculty questions--to bring attention to the harassment of homosexuals.

After seeing students wearing T-shirts, stickers and buttons supporting the Day of Silence, Zamecnik opted to wear her own T-shirt the following day as a counter viewpoint.

The suit claims the school's dean of students pulled Zamecnik aside and asked her to remove the shirt. When she refused, another dean instructed a counselor to mark out the words "not gay" and the shirt then read, "Be Happy," the suit states.

Zamecnik and her parents tried to discuss the incident with school officials, McCaleb said. He said the parents also tried to work out an agreement that would allow their daughter to wear a similar T-shirt following next month's Day of Silence.

Read the rest of this article.

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." --Jesus Christ, Jn 8:32

May God bless Heidi for her courage and boldness. How many of us adult Christians have that kind of courage and faith?