OK, it's 2AM and I'm posting in P&C a lot. This has got to stop. But not just yet.
Here is an article about a kid who claims his Pastafarian faith requires him to wear "full pirate regalia" at all times. If a Muslim can wear a turban and other things, why can't a Pastafarian wear his analogous religious clothing?
Really, I don't care about some mouthy high school student's idea of social protest. As it relates to religion, this is old hat. But I do wonder at what point public school stopped being about learning, and became day-prison for young adults. When did students stop being citizens, and school stopped being subject to the charter of rights? I got into quite a bit of trouble, in my highschool, for loudly and constantly criticizing the principals for stifling any and all outspoken opinions from within the student body. "You're here to LEARN, not THINK!"
Why does this kid's right to be a smart-ass go out the window when he's in school? I know it's supposed to be self-evident or whatever that teachers deserve respect, and kids must be forced into an unrealistic simulacrum of real society for seven hours a day, but I've just never gotten it. I didn't get in elementary school, not in high-school, and still don't get it now. Honestly, what would be so bad about letting kids wear t-shirts that make political statements (even "God Hates Fags" if that's their choice.) Why are schools apparently embassies of some dictatorship?