His teachers wanted to stop William Swinimer from displaying “Life is wasted without Jesus.”.
A Nova Scotia student at the centre of a controversy about religion and public schools will have the right to wear a shirt with the message: “Life is wasted without Jesus.”
William Swinimer was suspended from the Forest Heights Community School in Chester Basin for five days on Monday, after he defied the principal’s instruction not to wear a yellow T-shirt sporting the phrase. It was his seventh T-shirt-related suspension in the space of a month.
Swinimer had received support from N.S. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie, as well as a Bridgewater businessman who donated enough money to have 100 of the T-shirts made.
A facilitator was called to help bridge the divide between Swinimer and the high school, and the suspension was reversed on Friday.
After Swinimer’s story grabbed headlines across the country and beyond, Supt. Nancy Pynch-Worthylake told The Canadian Press that a forum was organized for Swinimer and his detractors to debate the issue.
Swinimer had worn the shirt to school several times without incident until, two weeks earlier, he was told another student had complained. That was when he was told to leave the shirt at home.
Swinimer said he never intended to be rude or disrespectful, but he wanted to keep wearing the shirt because he stands behind its message.
“That’s my opinion, but under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms I’m allowed to have my opinion and express my opinion,” the Grade 12 student told CTV’s Canada AM on Friday.
“The only reason I’m wearing the T-shirt continually now is because I’m standing up for my rights as a Canadian citizen.”
Christians who do not take the words “Jesus” in their mouth do not have to “worry” about their life on Earth. They will not be persecuted for their faith.
Many of them will neither make it into the Kingdom of Heaven.
When Jesus set up His seat of judgment, he will spit lukewarm claimed to be “Christians” out of his mouth.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
It is true that life is wasted without Jesus. I will get my self one of these t-shirts, and wear it.
I will encourage you to do the same.
Written by Ivar