Federal appeals court: Schools can ban students from wearing American-flag t-shirts in order to prevent violence

posted at 4:41 pm on February 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

How would wearing an American flag t-shirt possibly incite violence in an American high school? From the opinion:

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The court’s ruling: School administrators can force you to remove your American-flag tee if the alternative is a classmate punching you in the face. That’s because, per the Supreme Court, students don’t have the same free speech rights at school that adults do on other public grounds. At school, the name of the game is order and instruction; you’re entitled to free expression to the extent you don’t interfere with those goals, but once you do, the school’s entitled to limit your expression accordingly.

In other words, a bully can get the principal’s office to silence you by promising to beat your ass if they don’t.

This is, as Eugene Volokh notes, a classic “heckler’s veto” in that it rewards a violent actor by suppressing the speech that’s irritated him instead of punishing him for being violent. What sort of incentives does that create? If the answer’s not obvious, here’s a snippet from the equal-protection section of the opinion that made my eyes pop. The students who had to take off their stars-and-stripes shirts wanted to know why students wearing shirts with Mexican-flag colors weren’t also asked to take off their shirts. Simple, says the court: No one was threatening to beat them up.

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If you want to make your classmate shut up, you need to credibly threaten violence. That’s how “free speech” works in the nation’s schools. Take a lesson, America.

Exit question via my pal Karl: Given that these sorts of racial tensions have recurred during more than one of the school’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations, why didn’t they simply stop celebrating the holiday? That’s not optimal either — if you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in theory you can also celebrate Cinco de Mayo — but given that even the court seems to accept that the threats here are one-sided, it’d at least have the virtue of punishing the guilty parties.


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Yep

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Doesn’t this pretty much guaranty that there will be wall to wall US flag tees on May 5th in perpetuity?!

Akzed on February 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

But Mexican flag and Che shirts are just fine …

Whitey Ford on February 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

DISOBEY IT.

TX-96 on February 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

This is Insanity

workingclass artist on February 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

If you want to make your classmate shut up, you need to credibly threaten violence. That’s how “free speech” works in the nation’s schools. Take a lesson, America.

Patriotism is violent.

Patriots are the new terrorists.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

“So grampop, what did you do during the RevoTWOtion?”

Akzed on February 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

This reminds me of the UK Government recently telling it’s own soldiers not to wear their uniforms off base in their own G*ddamned country!

workingclass artist on February 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Flag-shaming !!!

Gene Hunt on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Should be decided by the SC. That will be funny.

Expose the rats.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Bizarro-World

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

But wearing a shirt with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on it will get you lucky.

Electrongod on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Such a shame; I love Mexican food.

I like to wear this shirt on the 4th, Veterans Day, etc. Maybe I’ll have to on Cinco De Mayo as well.

http://www.amazon.com/Back-World-Champs-T-Shirt-Medium/dp/B00CP6CMD0/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1393537578&sr=8-12&keywords=back+to+back+world+war+champs

Donald Draper on February 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

A national school uniform would solve this problem. Obama, get someone to design your Obama youth uniforms!

Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

DISOBEY IT.

TX-96 on February 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Yep.

workingclass artist on February 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Do NOT comply.

The kid who handed out the constitution on constitution day just received 50,000, as a settlement, and his stupid univ. agreed to change its stupid process about the First Amendment.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The public school system is a cancer upon decent America…

JohnGalt23 on February 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

But wearing a shirt with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on it will get you lucky.

Electrongod on February 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Sure…Che and Mao will get ya laid

workingclass artist on February 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Cinco de my ass. Mexican students?

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Well, it’s been 153 years. Why should we be exempt from what other countries go through every couple centuries?

Here we go again, I guess.

Akzed on February 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Does this mean the military can no longer wear the American flag on their uniform because it might incite violence?

Sven on February 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This is the United States. You want to celebrate your beer holiday, because nothing says ole’ like a drunk driving illegal alien from Mexico, you can do so. You don’t like our Stars and Stripes, you can crawl back across the border and go the fvck home.

AllahsNippleHair on February 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Soon the libs will insist on mandatory flag-burnings.

2lbsTest on February 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

At some point Americans should be smart enough to start demanding that they are not taxed to pay for schools that do stuff like this.

astonerii on February 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

A national school uniform would solve this problem. Obama, get someone to design your Obama youth uniforms!

Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Obama just announced $200 million in grants for young men of color.

Caucasians and women need not apply.

Uniforms are probably included in that budget.

workingclass artist on February 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

1846 to 1848

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

But Mexican flag and Che shirts are just fine …

Whitey Ford on February 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Why of course they are welcome. Ones bearing the USSR flag as well. Its obvious that the US flag is a symbol of an overbearing and oppressive nation exploiting the world’s poor and one that supports tyrants and dictators as well. Its no wonder immigrants have such a volatile reaction to such t-shirts. It reminds them of why they left the homelands they love.

I’m gonna have to start wearing a t-shirt with a Norwegian flag in solidarity.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

This is, as Eugene Volokh notes, a classic “heckler’s veto” in that it rewards a violent actor by suppressing the speech that’s irritated him instead of punishing him for being violent… If you want to make your classmate shut up, you need to credibly threaten violence. That’s how “free speech” works in the nation’s schools. Take a lesson, America.

The same basic argument is pushed by drug legalization advocates for decriminalization.

Stoic Patriot on February 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

If that was a Mexican flag the school would have been required to have an honor guard and sensitivity classes.

pat on February 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

If you want to make your classmate shut up, you need to credibly threaten violence.

 
You can get cake that way, too.

rogerb on February 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

if you really want some low cost pub. AP
put up a collection tab, to collect a few
HA pennies and purchase a few hundred
HA American Flag Tees…!!!
and then give them away to these students..

flood the zone…

going2mars on February 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Oh yeah? I bet a gay student can get way with it.

Dongemaharu on February 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

if you really want some low cost pub. AP
put up a collection tab, to collect a few
HA pennies and purchase a few hundred
HA American Flag Tees…!!!
and then give them away to these students..

flood the zone…

going2mars on February 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Yes to this.

AllahsNippleHair on February 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I guess that is why I am in favor of school vouchers so you don’t have to deal with this garbage

ConservativePartyNow on February 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Do you think they do the pledge at this school?

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM

But Mexican flag and Che shirts are just fine …

Whitey Ford on February 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Well, those reflect an admirable openness to diversity and other cultures and stuff.

Cicero43 on February 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

At school, the name of the game is order indroctrination and instruction propaganda

roflmmfao

donabernathy on February 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Pics of the students wearing the shirts at this link:

http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_25240543/american-flag-removal-order-justified-u-s-court

workingclass artist on February 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Ones bearing the USSR flag as well

This, out of nostalgia. The left misses the Soviet Union so much it is working to recreate it here.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Ive got a great idea.

Let’s increase the number of immigrations from Mexico. That’ll help these sorts of situations. Melting pot. E Pluribus Unim. All that, right?

Right?

Baggi on February 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

And pretty soon, Students will no longer be allowed to Utter
the word America…..

ToddPA on February 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Since when is “Cinco de Mayo” recognized in relation to the law? Why does the opinion have it worded that way, rather than May 5th? Aren’t they showing their true colors already?

My thoughts. US taxpayers provide the public education. Anyone can wear an American Flag tee any day of the year, anywhere in the United States as far as I’m concerned. Why are the bullies in the case not the ones under scrutiny?

Even taking it from a more compassionate approach: Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican culture/heritage right? Does that mean the American students cannot celebrate their culture/heritage on the same day?

Effay5 on February 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

A national school uniform would solve this problem. Obama, get someone to design your Obama youth uniforms!

Murphy9 on February 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Here are some possibilities:
http://histclo.com/youth/youth/org/nat/hitler/hitleru.htm

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Kids can parade a sign that says ‘bong hits for Jesus’ in school, but don’t you dare wear a tshirt with the US flag on it.

El_Terrible on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

It’s the Ninth Circuit, so there’s a good chance the S.Ct. will reverse.

rbj on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

But I’m sure the Mexican Flag shirts are to be allowed without a problem.

portlandon on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Maybe teach the chillin the Flag isn’t clothing.

Buck_Nekkid on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

DISOBEY IT.

TX-96 on February 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Lan astaslem is the phrase, I believe.

GWB on February 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

But this is PC

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Let’s increase the number of immigrations from Mexico. That’ll help these sorts of situations. Melting pot. E Pluribus Unim. All that, right?

Old and Busted: Melting Pot
Teh New Hotness: A Rich Tapestry of Resentment and Entitlement

Cicero43 on February 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Put a gay bow on it and it’ll be ok.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

That sounds crazy. Well, luckily nothing like this could happen in America…wait.

That it’s even a topic for discussion, that it even went to court, and that the ruling was for the administrator… that’s it. It’s over. Say goodnight, USA.

BoxHead1 on February 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

It’s her fault, your honor. That short skirt. All that cleavage. Those heels. No way I would have done it had she not been egging me on with that outfit.

BKeyser on February 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

It’s the Ninth Circuit

rbj on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Which used to mean “It’s the batsh*t crazy Circuit” but will soon mean “It’s the Circuit which used to be nutso but is now just one of many.”

The Ninth won’t be an outlier for long. The judiciary is catching up with the LSM, Hollywood, the academy, and other leftist-owned-levers of American society.

xNavigator on February 27, 2014 at 5:07 PM

Well, I suppose the only way to find sanity on this is for American students to threaten violence over Mexican t-shirts. Of course, I do not trust the system to be fair and balanced, to be honest.

Techster64 on February 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Just tell me that this is NOT the same appeals court that said youtube has to take down “THAT” vidio about Mosliums because it hurts Hillary.

jpcpt03 on February 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

The court’s ruling: School administrators can force you to remove your American-flag tee if the alternative is a classmate punching you in the face. That’s because, per the Supreme Court, students don’t have the same free speech rights at school that adults do on other public grounds.

Allahpundit on February 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

.
What other ‘labelled clothing’ can be banned, on this basis?

listens2glenn on February 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Diversity. It’s a strength.

MMK on February 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Maybe teach the chillin the Flag isn’t clothing.

Buck_Nekkid on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Maybe teach adults what constitutes a U. S. flag.

RickB on February 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Heh. The hippies who demonstrated to be able to wear the flag as clothing are now in charge and want you to take it off.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Cleombrotus on February 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Well, I suppose the only way to find sanity on this is for American students to threaten violence over Mexican t-shirts. Of course, I do not trust the system to be fair and balanced, to be honest.

Techster64 on February 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

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C Y N I C ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (me too, btw)

listens2glenn on February 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Pop quiz for this communist school and the 9th:
1) What country are we in?
2) Is cinco de mayo an official national holiday of this country?
3) What country has cinco de mayo as an official national holiday?
4) Are we in the country which is the answer to #3?
5) If you don’t like the US flag, which country can you go BACK to so you don’t have to see it on cinco de mayo?

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

school colors burkas for everyone,
one size fits all…
problem solved…
they will all look like walking trash bags…
in school colors..

going2mars on February 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

I am at a boiling point in my disgust of the governmental institutions of this country.

It is my belief that this is happening at this accelerated rate (by this, I mean the dismantling of our culture , of our heritage, of our liberty) because of the audacity of the current president. Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have been unapologetic and dismissive while trampling the constitution. This has emboldened the judiciary, giving progressive justices the message that the time to act is now.

This is essentially a slow moving coup, whereby these positions of power were taken years ago only to pounce when the timing was right.

The grassroots right is decades behind. I am fearful that it is too late.

h a p f a t on February 27, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Were the students threatening violence suspended or expelled? Can’t see what happened to them…but I’ll guess nothing or maybe a La Raza honorary certificate.

nextgen_repub on February 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

But Mexican flag and Che shirts are just fine …

Whitey Ford on February 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Lot of African flags where I went to school. What about those? Will they cry racism?

tdpwells on February 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

The students who had to take off their stars-and-stripes shirts wanted to know why students wearing shirts with Mexican-flag colors weren’t also asked to take off their shirts. Simple, says the court: No one was threatening to beat them up.

The obvious answer to that is to threaten to beat up anyone with a Mexican flag based shirt – which of course would then result in hate crime charges.

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Molon Labe!

vnvet on February 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Invest in American Flag tee shirts… PRONTO!

Key West Reader on February 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

It’s times like this I’m glad I don’t carry at work, lest my monitor have a magazine’s worth of holes in it.

alchemist19 on February 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Invest in American Flag tee shirts… PRONTO!

Key West Reader on February 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Just saw a bunch at Bass Pro Shops this past weekend.
I guess I’ll have to go back and buy some so I’ve got something good to wear on May 5th.

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

What other ‘labelled clothing’ can be banned, on this basis?

listens2glenn on February 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

answer…any and all “‘labelled clothing’ can be banned”
according to the ruling
as long as you threaten violence
any and all printed shirts might cause a riot…
were down to single color….
and it better not be a white shirt…you racist..!!

going2mars on February 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Is there any other days the US flag is banned?

the_nile on February 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Ive got a great idea.

Let’s increase the number of immigrations from Mexico. That’ll help these sorts of situations. Melting pot. E Pluribus Unim. All that, right?

Right?

Baggi on February 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Well, that is what hotair is pushing.

weathermen on February 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Someone needs to remind them of a case from my hometown….
Majority opinion[edit]

The court’s 7 to 2 decision held that the First Amendment applied to public schools, and that administrators would have to demonstrate constitutionally valid reasons for any specific regulation of speech in the classroom. The court observed, “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”[2] Justice Abe Fortas wrote the majority opinion, holding that the speech regulation at issue in Tinker was “based upon an urgent wish to avoid the controversy which might result from the expression, even by the silent symbol of armbands, of opposition to this Nation’s part in the conflagration in Vietnam.” The Court held that in order for school officials to justify censoring speech, they “must be able to show that [their] action was caused by something more than a mere desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint,” allowing schools to forbid conduct that would “materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.”[3] The Court found that the actions of the Tinkers in wearing armbands did not cause disruption and held that their activity represented constitutionally protected symbolic speech

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_v._Des_Moines_Independent_Community_School_District

lovingmyUSA on February 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

were down to single color….
and it better not be a white shirt…you racist..!!

How ’bout everyone just wear government provided school uniforms…..black shirts with brown pants and boots.

Che berets to complete the outfit.

That should make people happy.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Memo to all parents: Please wear something with an American flag on it when you pick up your kids from school and when you attend school functions.

OccamsRazor on February 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

This is, as Eugene Volokh notes, a classic “heckler’s veto” in that it rewards a violent actor by suppressing the speech that’s irritated him instead of punishing him for being violent. What sort of incentives does that create?

Why wouldn’t (or couldn’t) this apply to anything that offends anyone?

If a student is part of the ‘rainbow coalition’ in a school and another student doesn’t want him to openly flaunt his association with the gay pride club, simply go to an administrator and tell him/her that you, as a student, want to beat the crap out of him. You would rather not do it, so it would be better if the openly gay student not wear anything that promotes homosexuality.

Of course this could apply to just about anything, but I’m expecting the biggest backlash from the GLAAD trolls here.

Vero Beach Florida on February 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Good riddance. Wearing a flag as a t-shirt (or other apparel) violates the flag code anyway.

novakyu on February 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The obvious answer to that is to threaten to beat up anyone with a Mexican flag based shirt – which of course would then result in hate crime charges.

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

You could. But before hate crime would be charged whoever was threatened would just sic his/her homies on ya. Strength in numbers, ya know.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

This, out of nostalgia. The left misses the Soviet Union so much it is working to recreate it here.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Last time I was in Argentina, Che shirts were in the American shops were selling like hotcakes. My fav picture of Che is of his hand and wrist showing his nice Rolex GMT 6542 I believe it was. Just happens it was not attached to his arm and was proof that he was dead and money could be paid.

Oh yes, I remember old Che.

HonestLib on February 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Oh yes, I remember old Che.

HonestLib on February 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Brings a little mist to one’s eyes, doesn’t it? Good times, good times!

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

You could. But before hate crime would be charged whoever was threatened would just sic his/her homies on ya. Strength in numbers, ya know.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

True – but that works both ways.
So far, Americans still outnumber Mexicans in this particular country….

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Good riddance. Wearing a flag as a t-shirt (or other apparel) violates the flag code anyway.

novakyu on February 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

If one DID wear an flag as apparel, yes. I don’t believe it applies to representations of flags as printed on shirts. Not that anyone would actually take anyone to task for such a violation these days. Hang the code. More more like guideline anyway.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Pretty stupid. Maybe kids ought to attend school without any artwork or messages on their clothing. They’re there to learn, I thought.

Nape-wa-ste on February 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Ridiculous. Expel the students threatening violence. Problem solved.

mbs on February 27, 2014 at 5:41 PM

True – but that works both ways.
So far, Americans still outnumber Mexicans in this particular country….

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Yeah, nationally, but we’re outnumbered where I am locally. Best not to rile ‘em.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Pretty stupid. Maybe kids ought to attend school without any artwork or messages on their clothing. They’re there to learn, I thought.

Nape-wa-ste on February 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

“They’re there to learn, I thought”. Well, I gotta tell ya, you’ve been misinformed. Kids are there to be indoctrinated.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Good riddance. Wearing a flag as a t-shirt (or other apparel) violates the flag code anyway.

novakyu on February 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

It’s one thing to wear a flag as some apparel item…it’s quite another to wear a t-shirt with a flag printed on it. I follow the flag code etiquette as close as I can. I have a 30 foot flagpole in my front yard, I lower the fag to half-staff on the appropriate days, and it’s properly lit by two spot lights at night.

JetBoy on February 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

When I was in school back in the ’70′s, the big thing was “Free Speech” and “Question Authority” etc…etc….

Now the hippies are in charge. Funny how things change…….

The tipping point is getting closer….

JGinGJ on February 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Maybe teach the chillin the Flag isn’t clothing.

Buck_Nekkid on February 27, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Indeed. I’m often astonished by the number of fire-breathing patriots who seem to be completely ignorant of the protocols of the US Flag Code.

For your reference:

8(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery…

8(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

Maybe teach adults what constitutes a U. S. flag.

RickB on February 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

You mean this? (Emphasis added)

(3) … The words “flag, standard, colors, or ensign”, as used herein, shall include any flag, standard, colors, ensign, or any picture or representation of either, or of any part or parts of either, made of any substance or represented on any substance, of any size evidently purporting to be either of said flag, standard, colors, or ensign of the United States of America or a picture or a representation of either, upon which shall be shown the colors, the stars and the stripes, in any number of either thereof, or of any part or parts of either, by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag, colors, standard, or ensign of the United States of America.

It’s a sad state that students faced violence in an American school for wearing the flag, but if you really want to respect the flag, you shouldn’t be wearing it in the first place. For those in need of patriotic casual-wear, might I recommend a Constitution t-shirt, instead?

Inkblots on February 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

When I was in school back in the ’70′s, the big thing was “Free Speech” and “Question Authority” etc…etc….

Now the hippies are in charge. Funny how things change…….

The tipping point is getting closer….

JGinGJ on February 27, 2014 at 5:46 PM

The Left still question authority, all depending on who’s got the authority.

Just ask President Bush. pResident Obama, not so much.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

“Forget about it, Jake. It’s the Ninth Circuit.”

That Peruta v. San Diego case must have really stuck in their craw. No way to get around Heller. Now they’re just acting out of frustration and their incompetence is showing. The rationale here is beyond defense, constitutionally. If you wrote this garbage on a bar exam you’d be in trouble.

novaculus on February 27, 2014 at 5:49 PM

So following this logic :

Down in good ole Mexico, the courts will decide that school kids can’t wear Mexican flags on the 4th of July.

Got it.

MichaelGabriel on February 27, 2014 at 5:50 PM

For those in need of patriotic casual-wear, might I recommend a Constitution t-shirt, instead?

For casual wear, how ’bout just the Bill of Rights. The whole Constitution seems more like formal wear.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Inkblots on February 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Based on that, ALL of our military personnel need to remove the US flag patch that they wear on their uniforms – unless you can find an exemption for military uniforms.

dentarthurdent on February 27, 2014 at 5:52 PM

how dare an american wear an american flag t-shirt!!! IT MAKES NO SENSE.

Sachiko on February 27, 2014 at 5:52 PM

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