Monday, August 25, 2014

Sneeze, ‘Bless you.’ Say what? Now go to the principal’s office!

Jeremiah Dys
Next on FOT: Kendra Turner said she was rebuked by her teacher at Dyer County High School and thrown out of class for violating the teacher’s ban on the words “bless you.”

 “She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Kendra told a Memphis television station. Another student sent the television station a photo taken inside the teacher’s classroom showing a list of banned words. Among the censored words are "dump," "stupid," "my bad," "hang out" and "bless you."
“The assistant principal said if I didn’t want to respect my teacher’s rules then maybe my pastor should teach me because my freedom (of) speech and religion does not work at their school,” she said.

Tuesday on FOT we’ll discuss this matter with Jeremiah Dys, Kendra’s attorney and senior counsel for Liberty Institute.
Jeremiah graduated from Taylor University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts, and from West Virginia University College of Law. Before joining Liberty Institute in 2013, he provided leadership in advocacy on the issues of life, marriage, and religious freedom for a public policy organization associated with Focus on the Family.

Join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll as they discuss this and other school matters with Jeremiah Tuesday morning at 9 (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio; 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 and streaming on  The program will be re-broadcast at 9 p.m.

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