Friday, March 4, 2011

No Freedom of Speech?

A teacher had a bumper sticker on her car that was parking in the school parking lot. A parent complained about the bumper sticker and the administration told her to remove the sticker. The teacher refused and was fired for her refusal. Why should a parent be required to remove a bumper sticker from her car? The car was her private vehicle, it was not a vehicle owned by the school. She only parked in the parking lot.

If the administration can require a teacher to remove a bumper sticker because a parent complains, then where does that stop? How about if they had a Sarah Palin or Obama ’08 bumper sticker, would that be worthy of termination if it was not removed when requested? How about a religious bumper sticker, should those be outlawed due to the separation of church and state?

Perhaps we should not allow chrome girls to be on the mud flaps of large trucks either. Certainly someone must be offended by that image. Mitsubishi made fighter planes that attacked the American bas at Pearl Harbor in World War Two, perhaps those cars should simply be banned from the parking lot altogether. Private parties should be permitted to put nearly anything on a bumper sticker and park it in their employers’ parking lot without censorship; that’s the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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