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Published on May 28th, 2014 | by Nick Adams

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Student Refuses To Recite Pledge, But It’s The Teacher In Trouble

May 28th, 2014 | by Nick Adams

Victimhood at it again. This student’s failure to stand for the pledge was disrespectful to America and to military personnel in particular, and her patriotism and national loyalty rightfully has been publicly called into question. The teacher should be applauded.

A New York school district is under fire after an atheist student said her high school teacher threatened to discipline her if she refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

The unnamed Southside High School sophomore objects to saying the words “under God,” and approached the American Humanist Association, a secular activist group, for help.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the organization’s legal arm, sent a letter to the Elmira City School District Tuesday, calling the teacher’s alleged actions “a serious constitutional violation.”

Read more at The Blaze.

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  • g55rumpy

    The Baptist Minister Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. He was forced to leave his Boston church the previous year because of the socialist bent of his sermons. (He shared the political sentiments of his first cousin, Edward Bellamy, who wrote two socialist utopian novels, Looking Backward and Equality.) Francis Bellamy was later hired by the The Youth’s Companion, a popular family magazine at the time. His writings reflected a Christian Socialist vision of a government-managed economy with “political, social and economic equality for all.”
    While writing for the journal, he was also on the Massachusetts State Education Board and was charged with organizing the state’s Columbus Day celebrations in 1892. He decided to craft a pledge that school children would say aloud in front of the flag — a pledge that would reflect his socialist beliefs. As published in Youth’s Companion, the first version read, “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

    Mr. Bellamy considered using the word “equality” as well, but was aware that several members of his education committee were firmly against equal rights for women and African Americans. The phrase “under God,” which was added by President Eisenhower in 1954, would not have met with Mr. Bellamy’s approval. In his later years, Mr. Bellamy stopped attending services, dismayed by the openly racist sentiments of his church.

  • newofsl

    No! This teacher was very wrong to treat the student this way! Students have the right to choose not to recite the Pledge. It doesn’t mean that they are a bad person or un-American. There are reasons why a Christian would choose not to do it and they have that right. It really does not accomplish anything to force children to recite something daily that most of them don’t really understand anyway.

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