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Opening Arguments

Shirttail religion

Being "persecuted as a Christian" doesn't seem to be quite the hazard it was in earlier times:

Dyker Neyland says she fought for her daughter's right to attend Irving's Thomas Haley Elementary School wearing an untucked shirt because of her religious beliefs as a Christian.

The Irving school board agreed with her this week and overturned decisions by the principal and district administrators, who had told Neyland that her daughter, Javé, must attend school with her shirt tucked in.

Neyland says Javé, a 7-year-old second-grader, has the right to wear her shirttail out because of a Bible verse, 1 Timothy 2:9, which dictates that "women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing."

"I don't want her behind showing," Neyland said. "I don't want her body being exposed." 

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"I feel I am being persecuted for being a Christian," she told the board before the vote. "There will be a day of reckoning, and you will have to answer to God."

On that day of reckoning, I do hope I'm not behind one of those school board members. "You required a little girl to tuck her shirt in!" God shouts at the poor sinner. "What do you have to say for yourself?"  I don't know what the justification could possibly be, but it's sure to be a very long answer.