November 25, 2014 7:20 am -


Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School in Everett, Washington has been suspended three times since September for refusing to stop loudly preaching to classmates in school. Now he has filed a lawsuit claiming that attempts to silence him amounts to persecution for his religious beliefs. School officials say that Leal was informed of theā€¦


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31 responses to Student’s Disruptive Preaching Gets Him Suspended; Sues School For Persecution

  1. KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker November 25th, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Annoying, wrong, religious zealot, insensitive to others and feels persecuted.
    Sounds like a model young republican!

  2. Gindy51 November 25th, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Oh lovely a religious bigoted bully. He should fit right in with the rest of the religious nuts.

  3. Larry Schmitt November 25th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    The school is not preventing him from “practicing” his faith. They are preventing him from trying to shove it down the throats of a captive audience, which he doesn’t have the right to do.

    • R.J. Carter November 25th, 2014 at 8:47 am

      What if a core tenet of “practicing his faith” is in telling as many other people as he can? (For the record, anything on school property I believe falls under the school’s right to regulate, and that includes dress codes, behavior, and even the school newspaper content.)

      • Larry Schmitt November 25th, 2014 at 9:07 am

        Then his religion conflicts with, as you said, the school’s right to regulate what goes on during school hours on school grounds. And yes, I realize you’re just playing devil’s advocate. People eventually have to learn that they don’t have an absolute right to anything, or not very many things, anyway. It’s better he learns it now.

        • Dwendt44 November 25th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

          Anyone would be hard pressed to find any right that is absolute.

          • M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

            Except for the second half of the second amendment…

      • M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        Then that’s just too bad. The rest of us have the right to be free of it.

        • R.J. Carter November 25th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

          Free from practicing it, yes.

          • M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

            And free from having it practiced ON us in the public arena.

          • R.J. Carter November 25th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

            But not free from hearing it.

          • M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

            Right– I hope he moves in next door to you.

      • Margie Bateman Osgood December 1st, 2014 at 11:21 pm

        He has the right to tell people, yes, not scream it. And the people he tells has the right to walk away, to tell him no thanks, and to complain about harassment. How would you react if it were a Muslim? They have just as much right to tell people about their faith……..

  4. William November 25th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Leal’s attorneys supplied by a religious organization, Pacific Justice Institute says that by not allowing him to preach and hand out pamphlets at school, the district is interfering with his right to practice his faith
    Be careful what you wish for.

    • M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Yup–of course then they claim that freedom of religion is just for christians…

      The Satanic Temple is doing a lot of good work on church/state issues:

  5. Angelo_Frank November 25th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    It’s not a free speech issue. Taxpayers funds should not be utilized to enable Leal to conduct his blatant in-your-face proselytizing on public school property. Students have a right not to be forced to listen to his rantings, especially through an amplified bullhorn.

    • M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      In Texas, the new “history” textbooks are claiming that Moses wrote the Constitution…

  6. Budda November 25th, 2014 at 8:43 am

    this child has obvious mental issues.

    • whatthe46 November 25th, 2014 at 11:25 am

      his parents.

  7. R.J. Carter November 25th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I wish we could all be protected from hearing messages that annoy us from other people shouting.

    • Larry Schmitt November 25th, 2014 at 9:52 am

      My father used to keep fox news on at full volume, so whenever I called it was there in the back (fore) ground. Talk about annoying and shouting. They should change their name to Annoying and Shouting Not News Network.

    • tracey marie November 26th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      when you attack, yes it is an attack by shouting in peoples faces and shoving unwanted materials into their hands they need to be shut down

  8. jasperjava November 25th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Tealiban in the making.

    • dora wiilliams November 30th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Already IS

  9. MaryJane Mccarthy James November 25th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    “Poor victims” never having to accept responsibility for their actions. They are pathetic loser’s.

  10. M D Reese November 25th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    He doesn’t need a lawyer–he needs a de-programming expert and some time in a mental facility. If he was yelling about something other than his religious delusions, that is where he would be.

  11. alpacadaddy November 25th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    A little early in the Holiday Season for fruitcake!

  12. Bunya November 25th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Oh great! Another religious fanatic bitching and moaning about how Christians are so persecuted! So maligned! So vilified! Blah, blah blah.
    Why is it only the Christians who suffer from histrionic personality disorder? Geez, one would think they corner the market on attention seeking.

  13. Warman1138 November 25th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Another day, another idiot who is loud, disruptive and obnoxious and claiming religious persecution……future GOP governor in training.

  14. tracey marie November 25th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    his parents have taught him to be a bully, a phony victim and a big mouth

    • whatthe46 November 25th, 2014 at 10:17 pm