The sad case of British teenager Lydia Playfoot’s fight to wear a chastity ring at her school is just one more sign that secularists are taking aim primarily at Christianity. In this case, they are going for the issue that is most important to them: chastity vs. unrestricted sexual activity.
Start by stating the obvious: why do school authorities care what ring Lydia wears? Women and men wear all kinds of jewellery. Would someone be required to take a wedding ring off? What about a Masonic ring?
Getting past that, there is no doubt that the most uniformly disliked part of Christianity amongst secular people is proper, Biblical sexual morality. This has been a running gripe since the Enlightenment, never mind that many Christians frankly don’t always live up to God’s standard.
What’s next? Will the state then force Christian youth who hold out to become sexually active? Oh, I’m sorry, that’s just fiction…
On this site of the Atlantic, while loosening up on sexual activity school authorities will have one more way to muzzle free speech, now that SCOTUS has ruled in favour of the school in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case (more properly known as Morse v. Frederick).
Last year, when I was on a search committee for a county school superintendent, one of the questions I asked every candidate ran as follows:
U.S. Supreme Court decisions such as Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District and Westside Community Schools v. Mergens have affirmed the basic First Amendment rights of public school students, including religious expression rights such as Bible clubs, student-lead prayers and other student expressions of religious belief. What has been your policy regarding these in the schools you have administered, and how have you handled conflicts in this regard?
This decision is a setback for both of those cases. If we continue to discourage free speech and encourage free love, our society will not last (no matter how silly the speech is.) Period.