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Denver middle school bans apparel, radio host Peter Boyle decries "moral relativism"

Reported by Chrish - April 5, 2006

Peter Boyle got his FOX talking points mixed up on the Big Story tonight 4/4/06, confusing political correctness run amok and moral relativism. What he should have been upset about was an abridgement of students' First Amendment rights, or even breech of US Flag protocol.

In an pre-emptive effort to prevent violence arising from tensions between student ethnic groups, the principal of a Denver middle school banned clothing with any patriotic symbols on them. She even went so far as to tell a girl who wore blue jeans and a white tee shirt under a red one that if she came to school dressed in red, white and blue again she would be expelled. What??? Boyle called it Orwellian - I'm guessing the ACLU will be all over this one.

But guest Peter Boyle's indignation was due to the "moral relativism" of comparing some students' wearing Mexican flags or colors to other students wearing American flags. To the best of his knowledge, we are at war and that US flag has meaning! He is offended by the attitude that this flag from Mexico is on equal footing with the US flag. A previous banning by this principal was of "gang" clothing, example being LA Raiders caps, so in his mind she is comparing American flag-wear to gang-wear! Never mind that she compared Raiders' fans to gang members.

Even a flag in the background of a Ford Mustang tee shirt was not allowed, and Boyle was left sputtering. USFlag.org says

# The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
# The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
# The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

Too bad Boyle only chose to defend the rights of kids wearing American "patriotic" clothing. It could have been a positive step to demand that ALL their free speech rights be upheld.

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