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Court Takes 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Case
Posted by CN Staff on December 01, 2006 at 11:46:57 PT
By Mark Sherman, Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press
Washington, DC -- The Supreme Court stepped into a dispute over free speech rights Friday involving a suspended high school student and his banner that proclaimed "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."Justices agreed to hear the appeal by the Juneau, Alaska, school board and principal Deborah Morse of a lower court ruling that allowed the student's civil rights lawsuit to proceed. The school board hired former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr to argue its case to the high court.
Morse suspended Frederick after he displayed the banner, with its reference to marijuana use, when the Olympic torch passed through Juneau in 2002 on its way to the Winter Games in Salt Lake City.Frederick, then a senior, was off school property when he hoisted the banner but was suspended for violating the school's policy of promoting illegal substances at a school-sanctioned event.The school board upheld the suspension and a federal judge initially dismissed Frederick's lawsuit before the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals called the banner vague and nonsensical, but said that Frederick's civil rights had been violated.At that point, the school board hired Starr, who investigated President Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He took the case free of charge.The appeals court said that even if the banner could be construed as a positive message about marijuana use, the school could not punish or censor a student's speech because it promotes a social message contrary to one the school favors.Frederick said his motivation for unfurling the banner was simple: He wanted it seen on television.The case is Juneau School Board v. Frederick, 06-278.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Mark Sherman, Associated Press Published:  December 1, 2006Copyright: 2006 Associated Press Related Articles: Bong Hits 4 Jesusí Case To U.S. Supreme Court? http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22116.shtml 'Bong Hits' To Supreme Court? http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread21812.shtml
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Comment #41 posted by whig on December 02, 2006 at 09:25:12 PT
BGreen
Ooh, yeah.Or maybe Bong is the name of a very religious boxer.
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Comment #40 posted by BGreen on December 02, 2006 at 08:53:06 PT
Let's visit the dictionary for some answers
bong - noun
1. a dull, resonant sound, as of a large bell.hits - verb
1. To cause to come into contact.4 - number
1. a number between 3 and 5Jesus - Proper Noun
1. Son of God, a carpenter2. Son of hispanic parents, possibly a carpenter, too.In actuality, the student could have been advocating ringing a bell four times for his Lord and Savior OR letting hispanic Jesus know that dinner is ready.In other words, due to the alternate meaning of words and semantics, proving a crime occurred just isn't possible.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #39 posted by Hope on December 02, 2006 at 08:37:11 PT
Whig....comment 37
EXACTLY like a cigar.Smokin!A smoking phallic symbol has got to be worse than a non-smoking one. I'm sure K. Starr would agree.Oh, Kenny! Here ya go again.
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Comment #38 posted by whig on December 02, 2006 at 03:36:52 PT
Hope
It's not the size of the bong that matters?Oh the fun we will have.
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Comment #37 posted by whig on December 02, 2006 at 03:34:23 PT
Hope
"Ladies and gentleman of the court. A bong is a very phallic device."Like a cigar?
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Comment #36 posted by nuevo mexican on December 01, 2006 at 22:59:07 PT
ah-nold and bush sr. go to mexico.....
to witness the latest thief-in-chief get sworn in, of course, media coverage in the U.S. is brief, and unconcerned with real democracy being born in such a corrupt, not unlike the the U.S., country. Oh, about those demos in Lebanon....
but hundreds of thousands in the Zocalo for their Obrador....nada!Gore is our Obrador, very interesting....Big protests in Mexico fail to get U.S. interest
By MARY SANCHEZ
Columnist
EDUARDO VERDUGO | The Associated Press
Supporters of Popular Assembly of Oaxaca, APPO, march on the highways in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sunday. Protesters are demanding the resignation of Oaxaca Gov. Ulises Ruiz.If asked to name the country where a journalist was recently murdered, most people would say Iraq.Few would guess Mexico. But Mexico is where Brad Will, a 36-year-old from New York, died with his video camera in his hands.He essentially recorded his own death. He was shot last month as he covered the protests that began in the spring in Oaxaca, Mexico.http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/opinion/15945728.htm
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on December 01, 2006 at 21:21:03 PT
Kenneth Starr
What can I say that hasn't already been said. This really could get interesting. 
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Comment #34 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 21:05:46 PT
Kenneth Starr
I can just hear him."Ladies and gentleman of the court. A bong is a very phallic device." 
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Comment #33 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 21:03:20 PT
The bigger the bong
the wierder I felt.
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 21:02:42 PT
Do you suppose the young man...
that made the banner said to himself, "Ha. They won't even know what "Bong Hits" are!"I never felt comfortable smoking a bong. I felt like everybody was looking at me. Well I guess they were!
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Comment #31 posted by Dankhank on December 01, 2006 at 20:18:15 PT
couldn't resist ...
he of the tale of the "Dong and Bong Hits ..."
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Comment #30 posted by freewillks on December 01, 2006 at 20:15:06 PT
Thanks Whig.
That put a smile on my face.
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Comment #29 posted by whig on December 01, 2006 at 20:00:51 PT
FoM #14
Well he did write the book on oral sex, didn't he?
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 19:40:53 PT
re: gw
"Can he hope for a Free World?"I certainly hope so.
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Comment #27 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 19:38:54 PT
some law
you cannot recuse an accuse, 
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Comment #26 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 19:34:09 PT
Whis you all
a happy and comfortable placeif you are in prisonfor touching Cannabisa lawyer who has tasted alcohola lawyer who inhaledall those high peopleare recused
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Comment #25 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 19:11:27 PT
in this place called 25
there is 26 and 27
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Comment #24 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 18:54:27 PT
Mohammed or Moses
Who will win in this death matchBeen dead so fucking long
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Comment #23 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 18:48:50 PT
so is it to be
a bong or jesus?
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Comment #22 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 18:24:01 PT
re: gw, 
Can he hope for a Free World?A world where there is no drug cops and drug dealers, a world where good people control destiny and our place in Eternity.
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 18:11:53 PT
That man that made that statement...
what was his name?I don't know...other than "global warming"...but he, that man, told me some time ago to just call him "gw". So I do.
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Comment #20 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 18:07:07 PT
re: 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus'
It does at 16, what was that mans name, the one that made that statement?It did not happen this election day, it will wait for another day when that carpenter can be taken down from that evil cross, that day of Justice.That day of Freedom
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 17:51:43 PT
actually, gw...
that would be comment 16... not comment 6.
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Comment #18 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 17:50:09 PT
comment 6 gw
That's so sweet. I've seen animals that will gaze at the stars when their masters do. It's sweet.
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 17:47:28 PT
I'm inclined to think he's inspired...
and not just off the wall...but who knows. I know people are talking and reading and hearing and maybe even...thinking.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 17:45:37 PT
Maybe the kid is an inspired activist.
He has certainly caused a maelstrom of activity and publicity. Just about the whole world probably knows his little phrase by heart.
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Comment #15 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 17:44:41 PT
re: comment 6
"Has anyone ever wondered,?at how this occurred, to the young man, to do what he did?"Blessed Hope, sister of charity and you keep writing for the people: 'will' to inherit this earth.I had a power failure it lasted for an hour.I lit a candle, whose flickering light twinkled in my space, i went and opened my front door, i called all my animal friends to come out, they did not come, so i walked out my front door, while sitting on my pick ups tail gate, i looked around, it was a bright moon and every now and then i could see some star twinkle, it was somewhere between night and no power, i looked up and realized, every twinkle in this hour of adversity is some distant brother and sister, in this somewhere, who are also gathering to proclaim FREEDOM.All the animals came out, one by one, before i knew, they were all standing on the back of my pick up truck, noses high on the air, looking up and about, here we are all sitting on the back of a pick up truck, it was a wonderful time.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on December 01, 2006 at 16:57:35 PT
What's a Bong Hit?
I just had a flash of little Kenny Starr trying to explain to the press what a bong hit is. I had to laugh a little. Because of this case the whole world will know what a bong hit is! 
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Comment #13 posted by whig on December 01, 2006 at 16:32:08 PT
BGreen
I think you're right and I think we'll win this case.
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Comment #12 posted by BGreen on December 01, 2006 at 16:28:54 PT
I disagree
There is absolutely no legal basis for the suspension of this student. The alleged crime wasn't at a school-sponsored activity, instead it was off-campus at a "school-sanctioned" event. That just means the school approved of the kids watching the torch relay ... hardly a radical decision, for goodness sakes. By that rationale the school could claim the right to override the Constitution for ANY activity, anywhere, effectively eliminating the parental rights of raising their own children.I think the school might have had a chance if the kid unfurled the banner at a football game or track meet, but not at the torch relay.Another consideration in this matter should be the age of the defendant. If Frederick was 18 at the time of this incident, the court would have to allow schools to take away the constitutional rights of not just children, but adults, too, even off school grounds. That's just too much power to be arbitrarily thrown to schools, regardless of the "Bushness" of this court.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 16:16:02 PT
Kenneth Starr
:0I
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 16:14:24 PT
Cool
"....construed as a positive message about marijuana use".
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 16:13:12 PT
Is it a political or religious statement?
Or was it anonther way to spell "F... the establishment!"Whatever his idea...he certainly scared up a hornet's nest.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 16:11:14 PT
"Listen guys,
I got a great idea how we can get people mad at us about pot and God! Won't that be cool? Let's do it!"
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 16:08:35 PT
What?
Did he just think..."Let's make a sign were we can get attention and just get in all kinds of trouble. Won't that be fun? Let's do it! Who's in?"?
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on December 01, 2006 at 16:06:41 PT
Has anyone ever wondered
at how this occurred to the young man to do what he did?
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Comment #5 posted by OverwhelmSam on December 01, 2006 at 16:00:26 PT
Religious Fanaticism
Bong Hits 4 Jesus likely pisses a lot of the religious zealots off. I expect that the SC will overturn the Ninth Circuit's decision.
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Comment #4 posted by global_warming on December 01, 2006 at 15:40:29 PT
re: They are comming for us all! 
They will find all of us in need of psychiatric help, then all of us will have all the dope to quiet our troubled souls, you may render to Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser, remember, Ceaser is using a computer in this 20 First century...
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Comment #3 posted by freewillks on December 01, 2006 at 14:56:01 PT
Death of the First Amendment!
"Bong Hits 4 Jesus" The "high" court will not uphold the First Amendment and even the press knows it. Mr. Newt is allready "floating" the thought around to stir the waters so no one pays attention to this case. When President Busch Calls the Constitution "Just a god dammed peice of paper", I had no idea he wanted to use it to wipe his own butt.They are comming for us all! Just wait and see how they spin this in the courts.  Peace, love, and Hippieness. May the Seed bearing herbs lift our hearts in our final moments on this earthly world.
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Comment #2 posted by BGreen on December 01, 2006 at 11:58:33 PT
This is freedom of speech AND religion
In no way is this the equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, so there is no justifiable reason to allow the Constitution to be ignored.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 01, 2006 at 11:48:09 PT
Amazing
We get to see Kenneth Starr once again. Too much.
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