Religious Discrimination

Published March 29th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson

Bryan Killian, a high school student in North Buncombe, North Carolina was suspended for coming to school dressed as a pirate.

But the disciplinary action has provoked controversy – because the student says that the ban violates his rights, as the pirate costume is part of his religion.

Read about it in the Metro or the Citizen-Times.

This story is blowing up and I’ve been having a lot of problems keeping the server running. It’s currently #1 on Digg and Reddit.

I’ll have some updates and more information about all this soon.

348 Responses to “Religious Discrimination”

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  1. Cat says:

    Retards, you know i’m right – the entire purpose of the cross was as a torture device. Its a little contradictory for a religion that is supposedly based on love and forgiveness. Oh wait – it’s not – hell and damnation for eternity being a main theme…

  2. Lord of the Pirate Fish says:

    nice one cat. religions are all pretending to be nice untill one takes something ha’s anouthers. then it’s all smashy,kicky,biting,punchy, and total destruction.
    i’m going to dress like a pirate and see if i win my court case. i think i will. as long as the consituttion holds firm under ruplician loophole finders and liers and such.

  3. Reuben Merrill says:

    I know, Taylor Swift isnt my cuson. My cusons in the background. Spell right, its annoying.

  4. Jon Dixon says:

    Now, I’m not a great Pastafarian, in fact i barely count as one, but I can see discrimination based on religion as well as the next guy. This wonderful man dressing up as a pirate is a visionary for us all, so the next time you see somebody wearing a cross, please, PLEASE, report them for wearing something that is distracting you academically. I believe we can all learn a lesson in this, in fact not only we, but everybody on earth can learn something from this school. What we can learn is that some people are idiots. The assistant-principal is too indulged in her own religion (probably christianity) to realize that there are other people on this earth. And of course somebody that delusional shouldn’t be administration at a school teaching the children of our future! When a politician does something illegal people get mad, they try(and sometimes succeed) to get them out of office. I personally think this is the only reasonable punishment possible for this administrative power. When a student wears a cross a people probably think “Oh, he/she is Christian” but suddenly when a boy wears an eye patch to support his religion he is somehow breaking the rules or distracting people in class? This boy’s right to a religion, and his freedom of speech have been severely violated, and he deserves to somehow get retribution. His Noodly Appendages will save all.

    Jon Dixon

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