A gay teen who was suspended by the Birdville Independent School District in Texas after ripping out pages of his Bible to protest anti-gay bullying got some help from the American Humanist Association this week. The organization sent the school district a formal compliant, charging them with violating the boy’s First Amendment rights.
According to an article on the Huffington Post, Isaiah Smith, a gay Christian teen, said that fellow students repeatedly told him that "being gay is a sin" and "gays go to hell." So during first period class on Oct. 28, he took out his personal Bible and tore out portions of the notoriously anti-gay Leviticus, saying that he did not believe the Bible should condemn gays.
Smith was sent to the assistant principal, who first told the boy he could carry the Bible around, but several days later called Smith to his office and reportedly asked him, "How would Muslims feel if a student was tearing up the Qur-an?" The assistant principal confiscated Smith’s Bible and suspended him for three days.
"This is a clear violation of Isaiah’s First Amendment rights," said Monica Miller, an attorney and legal consultant with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the legal arm of the American Humanist Association.
Written By: Winnie McCroy
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