A Texas high school student who refuses to wear an RFID tracking
device has now been kicked out of school, as the deadline for her
to comply has passed.
John Whitehead of The Rutherford
Institute explains that John Jay High gave 13-year-old Andrea
Hernandez the option to wear a badge without the electronic chip to
endorse the program -- an offer Hernandez rejected. She maintains
the program violates her Christian beliefs and religious freedom
(see earlier story).
"She refused that, saying that she couldn't do that; that would
be immoral, that she still has the same problem," the attorney
details. "That's called forced speech, and the Supreme Court's been
pretty clear -- you can't force people to speak in America and
support government programs."
He reiterates that the Northside Independent School District's
tracking program is about securing nearly $2 million in state
"They want to expand the RFID (radio frequency identification
device) chip program to the entire 100,000-plus students, and
again, they make a lot of money off of it," Whitehead asserts.
"Also, the corporations that are selling the chips make a lot of
money. So what you have here is sort of a co-joining of corporate
America and the schools."
The Rutherford Institute is preparing to appeal the Fifth
Circuit's decision not to grant a preliminary injunction so that
his client can remain in school.
In offering benefits to same-sex partners of employees, a
Texas family values spokesman says a local school district is
flagrantly violating the state's constitution.