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The Montgomery County public school teacher who wrongly humiliated and disciplined a student who chose not to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance clearly did not understand the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  February 24, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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No one should be forced or coerced into making public displays of patriotism or faith.
I know I'm the only who believes this but
the Pledge of Allegiance is sophmoric, to put it mildly. A flag is an icon, a representative object. A "Golden Calf". The Pledge should have been to "The United States of America and the Constitution on which it's based".
And those who want "under God" in the pledge, don't the Ten Commandments forbid the taking of the Lord's Name in vain?
I'm just saying, if you're anything like me, you get emails daily or weekly from people urging prayer in school and "under God" in the Pledge and requiring the Pledge. This teacher is the natural progression of such thought.

Posted by: jvburke | February 24, 2010 11:27 AM

I believe the student should have risen for the pledge out of respect for the other students who wanted to recite it. Those in attendance at the Olympics show repect to other nations anthems even though they may not agree with their politics. Why can't this student stand and just remain mute?

Posted by: LD86 | February 24, 2010 12:48 PM

Jvburke, you're definitely not the only one who believes that. The pledge is not only sophomoric, it's creepy. School children aren't worldly enough to even appreciate what the pledge means (or how badly the insertion of "under god" corrupts its original meaning), so impelling them to recite it is nothing more than indoctrination. It's beneath us. Respect should be earned, not coerced.

Posted by: Chip_M | February 24, 2010 1:30 PM

What many apparently don't realize is that the pledge actually is very much antithetical to what this country really does stand for. This is apparent just from PAYING ATTENTION to what the pledge actually SAYS. Most of the points in the pledge either are clearly and demonstrably not true, or are highly debatable. The "liberty and justice for all" part is a good example. How far does anybody have to look in the U.S.A. to find someone to whom liberty, or justice, or both, have been denied? The "under God" part is another example. When I look at many of the things this country does, especially in terms of its foreign policy, and its flimsy justifications of those policies, it's clear to me that God has NOTHING to do with that. And there's the "indivisible" part. Is the U.S.A. REALLY "indivisible"? Some might think the Civil War settled that issue, but it didn't, not really. All that happened then is that the Union forced the Confederate states back into the Union literally at gun point. The issue of whether the separatist states had the legal and moral -- i.e., constitutional -- right to secede from the Union has NEVER been settled in the courts. Lincoln even threatened to arrest some of the Supreme Court justices to prevent them from ruling on the issue. I identify seven points in the pledge of allegiance, and I have serious issues with every one of them. The pledge is a propaganda tool that is used to brainwash our children, pure and simple. I don't know why the 13-year-old girl did not want to recite it or stand for it, but she was perfectly within her rights to do so. -- Ron

Posted by: Jeebo | February 25, 2010 4:16 AM

If the students are attending a school funded with taxpayer money, they should recite the pledge. If they are going to a private school, they should not be required to do it.
I do not think it was correct to insert "under God" into the pledge but it was done and Congress will have to take up that issue.

Posted by: tenshi1 | February 26, 2010 11:04 AM

I'm heartened by reading the many well reasoned arguments for not requiring anyone to stand or participate in the pledge. What so many fail to grasp is that the rights pre-dated the pledge, and the guarantee of the right to practice one's own religion free from interference by the state is paramount. What many people do not know is that the pledge of allegiance is against the religious beliefs of many groups and they should not be singled out and forced to explain themselves to anyone.

I recently chastised a friend of mine who sent out a chain e-mail that promoted the self-aggrandizement of a principal who took a microphone during a school sporting event and made statements that his g-d was not allowed to be worshipped or discussed in school, so "by g-d" he'd take the podium at the school sponsored sporting event and aske "everyone" to "stand up" and pray along with him. What was wrong with that action is the principal's arrogant assumption that "everyone" practiced their faith exactly the way he did.

This arrogant attitude sets up an environment that punishes "otherness" with humiliation and ostracism. What those who blindly promote pledges of allegiance and public prayer forget is that "otherness" is the REASON that the constitution was drafted. The invaders of North America were also facing humiliation, ostracism, and even DEATH for their "otherness". For anyone today to promote an atmosphere of "us" versus "them" in regards to matters of personal beliefs is against the principals of the constitution.

I think that all religion as well as the pledge of allegiance should be removed from the public school curriculum. Anyone who wishes to recite the pledge or pray in their prescribed manner can free do this at home or in the privacy of their own churches.

Posted by: GeckoHiker | March 1, 2010 11:21 AM

Too many flags.
One Country one flag, means chose here or get the hell out.
Teddy Roosevelt was right. We see the error of not listening to his wisdom.

Posted by: dottydo | March 3, 2010 9:39 PM

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