I read a piece today from the Western Center for Journalism that discussed another child with conservative Christian values being tossed from class and told to change his shirt because someone felt that it was “threatening” toward others.
In this case, laughably in one sense, the shirt was one produced as a novelty item by “Duck Dynasty.” That show, a veritable hit on the A&E cable network bears a likeness of the bearded duck call manufacturer featured on the show. The family owned business is remarkable for both its popularity with viewers but also it’s “hard not to notice” Christian values that are clearly on display.
As the mother of the child commented for the article it was hard for her to understand what the fuss was about concerning the shirt her son wore to school. As the article pointed out, those who are familiar with the series understand, the comment on the shirt “I will hurt you physically and metaphysically” was not at all threatening in the context in which it is spoken almost as a slogan for the family business featured on the show.
I am loath to provide aid and comfort to the enemies of Christianity and freedom under the First Amendment. However, it is also possible that the words could, in their own right and taken as a personal statement of the wearer of the shirt, become potentially threatening if (and that word is important here) the wearer were to make some move toward another in such a way as to suggest that he were about to make good on the “threat” expressed on the shirt. [Read more...]
About Tom Stark
Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com