The Cranston West Banner Can’t be Required to Just Disappear
If the Cranston West banner has to be destroyed or removed, or if certain words have to be redacted from it, to comply with Judge Ronald Lagueux’s Federal Court decision, there is no reason why a Soviet-style disappearance from history without explanation must occur, or that the public should not be informed that they are looking at a version 2 of the banner or at the space where the banner used to be.
If the minimum-modification option is pursued, various utilizations of the space on top or to the side of the banner are possible for displaying an explanation that would respect the history and original message of the banner, without violating any Supreme Court “endorsement of religion” tests.
Here’s one proposal…
In 1963, David Bradley and the Cranston West community chose the imperative mood, to express a message they believed would help people live and grow together.In the meantime, a note should be added to the tarp covering the present banner saying “The Federal Government forbids you from seeing what is behind this covering”.
In 2012, Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled that the state forbids mentioning to whom or to what the requests are addressed.
Judge Lagueux’s ruling should not prevent anyone’s lifelong consideration of all of the reasons why we aspire to be better on our next day than on our last,
nor imply that the state can decide the answer to this question for us.
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Grant us each day the desire to do our best,
To grow mentally and morally as well as physically,
To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers,
To be honest with ourselves as well as with others,
Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win,
Teach us the value of true friendship,
Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston
High School West.