ACLU Files Suit in Support of “Islam is of the Devil” Shirts

In a surprise move the usually anti-Christian ACLU has sided with the Dove World Outreach Center, as they continue to speak out against the threat of Islam. Will the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), now go after their ACLU buddies?

ACLU files suit over ‘Devil’ shirts
The lawsuit claims schools have been inconsistent in handling cases.
By Harriet Daniels
Staff writer

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal district court Monday on behalf of two families from Dove World Outreach Center whose children were not allowed to wear “Islam is of the Devil” T-shirts to Alachua County public schools.

The ACLU suit lists as plaintiffs Wayne Sapp and Stephanie Sapp, and Ludger and Heike Boecken, parents of students who were asked to cover up the T-shirts.

The T-shirt incidents prompted parents, including those of the Muslim faith, to speak at Alachua County School Board meetings, thanking administrators for their action.

Since the incidents, one child from each of the families filing the lawsuit has withdrawn from public school, citing infringement of their First Amendment rights.

The shirts bore the same message as that on a large sign posted in front of Dove World Outreach Center in the 5800 block of Northwest 37th Street, where the families are members.

The suit claims the Alachua County School District was inconsistent in handling the situations at each school, with some students being allowed to wear them with the back covered up while in other cases the shirts were banned altogether.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said while the ACLU does not support the message on the T-shirts, the organization wants to protect freedom of speech in this case.

“I understand that the school district is trying to balance their legal obligations to both sides, but I think they did so incorrectly in this case,” Simon said.

Attorneys for the ACLU said at issue is whether school officials may lawfully permit what they consider to be “positive” messages about religion, faith or other matters while prohibiting what they consider to be “negative” messages about those same matters.

The messages printed on the front of the shirts – “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No on goes to the Father except through me,'” and “I stand in truth with Dove World Outreach Center” – was allowed by the school district.


The ACLU wants the court to find the district’s policy regarding messages on clothing they find “offensive to others” as unconstitutional.

An award of nominal damages, not to exceed $20, is also listed in the complaint as well as litigation expenses and attorney’s fees.

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14 comments for “ACLU Files Suit in Support of “Islam is of the Devil” Shirts

  1. December 10, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    a broken clock tells the time right twice a day

  2. Jim Smith
    December 10, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Read Mark 8. The consider that Muslims deny that Jesus died on the cross. They are of Satan because they deny that Jesus went to the cross.

  3. pete
    December 11, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Where can I buy a shirt?

  4. December 12, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Thanks, Chris, for your post. For people who get the T-Shirt, do wear it in public and see what happens. One guy that bought one from us lives in Texas. He said, "I wear it on Sundays and with my family. People think it is great." This guy must have a wonderful Sunday/family crowd he hangs out with in Texas… a different atmosphere/spirit than we have in Gainesville, Florida. But he admitted he did not wear it in public. If you do, you will get a lot of anger and questions – from every one – Christians, Moslems, Jews… a great conversation starter. Take the opportunity it creates… go on…do it!

    • December 14, 2009 at 6:07 am

      You are welcome Fran, it opens the door to educating our fellow Americans to the threat of Islam.

  5. Licketysplit
    December 12, 2009 at 12:47 am

    My supernatural imaginary hero is better than your supernatural imaginary hero.

    • Tothepoint
      December 14, 2009 at 5:51 am

      Nice – spot on.

    • December 14, 2009 at 6:06 am

      When there is a worldwide Christian movement looking to subjugate the world under a set of barbaric religious laws, please let me know. Otherwise what do you care what they believe?

  6. chethan
    December 12, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Perhaps for the first time, the ACLU has done something worthwhile and useful to the public.

  7. ronyvo
    July 7, 2010 at 4:36 am

    emmmmmm. I do not trust this ACLU. Why is’t doing this now????

  8. kam
    January 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    my shirts say fuck islam right on the front and i wear them proudly in public, like i said fuck islam

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