I am ashamed to live in a state that marginalizes minority religions. Through the endorsement of days of prayer and the inhibition of students' religious freedom, Virginia prides itself on being "God's state."
There is no lurking agenda within public education to secularize our students; there is no tacit understanding between teachers and the state to discourage students from their faith (whatever that faith may be).
When 13-year-old Raymond Hosier came back to school with the rosary on again, he was suspended indefinitely. This school district is not only violating Raymond's constitutional rights but also impeding his education.
We are witnessing the emergence of an unstated yet court-sanctioned right, one that makes no appearance in the Constitution and yet seems to trump the First Amendment at every turn: the right to not be offended.