Supreme Court limits student speech in ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ case | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle

OK ? – the Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers can not have free speech when it comes to promoting illegal drug use? I guess Bob Marley, the Grateful Dead and other various bands (including their recording companies) that perform and record songs involving illegal drug use better watch out or can they do this because they are adults? Not to mention the other bands that promote illegal use of fire arms and/or just illegal fires.

In addition, the Supreme court ruled in the same week that corporation can invest as money as they please in ads involving politically hot issues just prior to an election and it will not fall under campaign funds rules. Therefore, the multi-billion dollar medical insurance industry can drop a couple of billion dollars on ads against universal health care plans just prior to the 2008 national election. These ads could be deceiving and not give voters enough time to ferret out the truth. Basically corporations can run their own campaign and not be under any guidelines. Do you have enough money to run your own campaign to promote your families interests? Who do you think is going to benefit from this ruling? Your family or the corporations?

Supreme Court limits student speech in ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ case | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
WASHINGTON — A high school student’s “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner got slapped down by the Supreme Court in a decision Monday that restricts student speech rights when the message seems to advocate illegal drug use.

The court ruled 5-4 in the case of Joseph Frederick, who unfurled his handiwork at a school-sanctioned event in 2002, triggering his suspension and leading to a lengthy court battle.

“The message on Frederick’s banner is cryptic,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. But the school principal who suspended him “thought the banner would be interpreted by those viewing it as promoting illegal drug use, and that interpretation is plainly a reasonable one,” Roberts said in the majority opinion.

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