I tried the freedom of religion thing in 1969 ... to which my parents countered with:
A/ Having known the claimant, thus his religion, since birth, we believe any Faith restrictions on the cutting of hair would be, at best, a religion of convenience.
B/ This family is not a democracy.
C/ You aren't old enough to vote anyhow....
Walter, the broken window theory is not sound. Criminologists have increasingly found no empirical support for this theory as previous studies have been re-analyzed and new investigations conducted. It is after all a fallacy to link correlations to causality.
The school system is teaching kids that it's okay to enforce pointless rules about hair and dress codes, and to discriminate on the basis of gender. If the school system can enforce rules about short hair for boys, then they can enforce rules about the hijab for girls/women. What does that say about society?
It's utterly stupid.
To those who are defending this practice, do you believe that muslim women should be forced to cover their faces when out in public? If not, why do you think it's any different?
I remember 20 years ago the Singapore dictator was very much against long hair for men. While long hair was not punishable by lashes (which seems tot be the standard punishment in Singapore), they did enact some sanctions. Singapore Parliament enacted laws banning long hair in schools. Parliament also decreed that men with long hair will not be served in government offices and must be served last in private businesses.
Singapore being a dictatorship (it is a one party state), they were able to do that. At least that was the policy around 1980, I don’t know if the current dictator is also against long hair.
As to the story here, it is important to remember that this is Texas; anything can happen in Texas, it is the heart of the Bible Belt. This is the same Texas where gays used to be imprisoned for consensual sex acts, up until a few years ago. It stopped only because Supreme Court declared the Texas Sodomy law unconstitutional. Failing that, Texas would still be imprisoning gays.
So what is happening is in keeping with the reputation of Texas.
Criticism of the theory in popular press
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In the best-seller More Guns, Less Crime (University of Chicago Press, 2000), economist John Lott, Jr. examined the use of the broken windows approach as well as community and problem oriented policing programs in cities over 10,000 in population over two decades. He found that the impact of these policing policies were not very consistent across different types of crime. He described the pattern as almost "random". For the broken windows approach, Lott found that the approach was actually associated with murder and auto theft rising and rapes and larceny falling. Increased arrest rates, affirmative action policies for hiring police, and right-to-carry laws were much more important in explaining the changes in crime rates.
In the best-seller Freakonomics, economist Steven D. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner cast...
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Your first link explains in the abstract: So far there has not been strong empirical support. There's many other variables affecting crime, and the few cases where you can show that crime rates drop, you can equally find cases where crime rates do not drop.
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More than that, I'll ask you to provide a reputable source that identifies long hair past the ears in pre-kindergartners as disorder, and affecting crime rates.
Yeah but did Samson even go to school? If he did, I'm pretty sure it wasn't in Texas. Besides, doesn't the story say that he couldn't cut his hair, even if he wanted to? Or was it that it went limp when he was under the spell of...oh heck, I can't remember the details...
The story of Samson illustrated by a harmless joke:
Back during the Depression there were these two Irish hoboes, by the names, Pat and Mike. They travelled from place to place, picking up an occasional odd job, to feed themselves.
Well, they came to this deeply religious community one day. The lady who answered their knock on her door responded to their request to do odd jobs for food saying that in her town only people who know their Bible will get a job, so do they know anything about the Good Book?
To which Pat replied: "I know the story of Samson. He was so strong that he licked 50 thousand philistines with the broken jaw bone of an ***".
The lady was properly impressed. Gave Pat and Mike a job, a meal and sent them on their way.
When they came to a similar town, once again they were asked if they know their Bible. Mike volunteered the answer, saying that he knows about Samson: "Samson was a strong guy. Once he licked the *** of 50 thousand philistines, till he had a broken jaw".