Pledge Of Allegiance




 
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Boots
 
January 11th, 2005  
Sooners1
 
 

Topic: Pledge Of Allegiance


The ACLU of Virginia has sent a letter to Spotsylvania County School Board members, formally urging them to change the district's Pledge of Allegiance policy.

"It is nothing short of hypocritical to teach children that the First Amendment protects their right of free expression and then to eliminate that right without a compelling reason," reads the letter from ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Kent Willis.

The School Board is scheduled to vote on its pledge policy tomorrow night at the River Run Business Center on U.S. 1 across from Massaponax High School. The meeting begins at 6:30, and members of the public are allowed to address the board before the vote.

Spotsylvania requires all public school students to stand and salute the flag for the pledge at the start of each school day. The county's policy doesn't require students to recite the words, but it doesn't let objecting students sit through it.

A 12-year-old seventh-grader at Ni River Middle School objected, arguing that's a compelled act of patriotism that violates his First Amendment right to free speech. He said he doesn't agree with many of the federal government's current policies.

School administrators told him to stand but later allowed him to sit after a School Board attorney said Spotsylvania was breaking Virginia law, which specifically allows objecting students to sit.

Board members and administrators said they never intended to break state law, calling it an oversight and saying teachers who forced students to stand misinterpreted the policy.

Other Fredericksburg-area schools all drafted policies allowing students to sit.

At its Dec. 13 meeting, the School Board voted 6-1 to change the policy and allow objecting students to sit. Ray Lora was the lone dissenter. The board has to vote twice on the policy change.

Spotsylvania administrators are recommending that the board change the policy Monday to allow students to sit through the pledge.

Lora said he plans to vote against the change, saying he's concerned that students can object to the pledge for any reason without parental approval. He added that he's ready to move on to other items--including passing a budget for next year.
January 11th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
The thing is I doubt highly that a 12 year old came up with that argument of forced Patriotism. I'll bet it was mommy and daddy and their high minded liberal beliefs. Their probably just usin the kid as a front man.
January 11th, 2005  
ladyhawk
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
The thing is I doubt highly that a 12 year old came up with that argument of forced Patriotism. I'll bet it was mommy and daddy and their high minded liberal beliefs. Their probably just usin the kid as a front man.
I Agree on this!!!

This WHOLE thing makes me

Schools aren't like they used to be over 23 yrs ago!

Between the Schools and The way Some parents are these days
They wonder WHY kids are the way they are NOW!!

They Need to Get their HEADs out of their ARSEAs!!


LadyHawk

**Future Marine Corp Mom**
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Boots
January 11th, 2005  
RnderSafe
 
 
.. well, it's not like they live in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA or anything. There is no reason whatsoever to be taught to have pride in one's own country, that's preposterous!
January 11th, 2005  
Sooners1
 
 
I put this in here to see if I was the only one that had a major problem with this. It is good to see that I am not, although I do know a couple of members that if they see this thread will go off on it and how we are wrong and the kid is right.
There is no way a kid is gonna be able to know these things and what is he bein taught at home? To not want to say The Pledge is one thing but to completely disrespect it all together by not standin is a complete other.
January 11th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
It's liberal chic. Drive a 50,000 dollar SUV. Live in a 250,000.00 dollar house in the burbs. But disagree with everything the Goverment does, says or makes possible for you.

It's not cool to be Patriotic, or support your country.
January 11th, 2005  
Kane
 
Or it's probably a matter of laziness. And trust me, I've seen too many ridiculous "my right'ers" in the United States believeing their rights is outmost important. It is not by responsibilty of liberal education or parent but by the person itself.
January 11th, 2005  
03USMC
 
 
Okay I can agree with that on adults part or even a high school aged student. But when the charge of Forced Patriotism is made by a 12 year old, nope sorry theres an adult behind that.

And my answer to Forced Patriotism is......... Voluntary Immigration.
January 11th, 2005  
implicature
 
 


this kind of hit me when i read this thread! Almost makes you want to kick the crap out of some lazy bastards!
January 11th, 2005  
Sooners1
 
 
OOOhhhh man as if I wasnt fired up enough about the start of the thread, now that has really hit hard. Lazy disrespectful .