Pledge of Allegiance Ban

This is soooo irritating.  First, it’s the veteran & his wife who are threatened with eviction if they don’t take down their American flag out of their window…
& now schools are just completely banning American flags & the Pledge of Allegiance.


School Officials in Mass. Town Won’t Let Students Recite Pledge of Allegiance
FoxNews – June 29th, 2010 – By Todd Starnes

When Sean Harrington entered his freshman year at Arlington High School, he noticed something peculiar: There were no American flags in the classrooms, and no one recited the Pledge of Allegiance. 

So Harrington enlisted the aid of his fellow students, and now, three years later, they have succeeded in getting flags installed in the classrooms. But the pledge still will not be recited.

The Arlington, Mass., school committee has rejected the 17-year-old’s request to allow students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance, because some educators are concerned that it would be hard to find teachers willing to recite it, according to a report in the Arlington Patch.

Harrington had presented school officials with a petition signed by 700 people, along with letters of support from lawmakers including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. 

But the request to have the pledge recited failed when the committee’s vote ended in a 3-3 tie.

“I was really heartbroken,” Harrington told FOX News Radio. “It’s hard to think that something so traditional in American society was turned down.”

His fight has received quite a bit of support from the community. “When I was going to school, it was an honor and a privilege to pledge allegiance to the flag,” Francis De Guglielmo, 55, told the Patch. He called the ban an “absolute travesty” and a “disgrace.”

Harrington, who will be a senior in the fall, said he will continue to fight. “I’m not a person who quits and I don’t back down. It’s a very righteous cause and needs to be followed through until the end.”

Some committee members voiced concerns about forcing people to do something that might violate their beliefs – including religious beliefs. Among the no-votes was committee member Leba Heigham.

“Patriotism is a very personal thing for all of us, but I do not think it is in the school committee’s best interest to mandate that any of our employees recite the pledge,” she told the Patch.

Harrington said the recitation would have been strictly voluntary.

“If we can’t find one teacher who is willing to say the pledge, then the system we have is cracked,” he told FOX News Radio, noting that a number of teachers signed his petition.

He said the school’s ban on the pledge sends the wrong message. “It tells me that we’ve basically cast aside what our country is founded on,” he said. “It’s saying that we don’t really care, and it’s sad.”

Arlington’s superintendent of schools did not return a call for comment.

“..and it’s sad.”

I agree! They can’t even voluntarily say the Pledge of Allegiance in an American school? Like, wtf is going on?

And they used to not even fly the flag? You should see my office building! Every other employee has a small American flag displayed proudly in their cubicle. Every classroom I’ve ever sat in (except college classrooms) has had a flag in it. Every school I’ve ever been to has had the flag displayed out front. Where have these people been?


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15 Responses to Pledge of Allegiance Ban

  1. therealgirlscout says:

    I’m with you Katie! This is ridiculous. We live in AMERICA and should be proud to fly the flag, especially if it’s a PUBLIC school! Hell, I went to several Religious (private) schools when I was growing up and we always had a flag flying and said the Pledge of Allegiance every morning! If some people don’t want to recite it then just, SHUT YOUR MOUTHS!

  2. Hacksaw says:

    This disgusts me – I know that despite the occasional Republican getting elected there like Mitt Romney or Scott Brown, that Massachusetts is generally a left leaning State, but I simply refuse to believe that there is not even 1 teacher in that entire school who would willingly lead students in reciting the Pledge. As many veterans as there are among the ranks of our Nation’s teachers, I am positive that there would be at least 1 and likely more educators who would step up to the plate on this one. It is far more likely just an excuse by a school board who is against the idea of students beginning their educational day with the saying of our Pledge.

    In other Massachusetts school related news, there is the elementary school there that insists on handing out condoms to it’s students, without ever notifying or getting permission from their parents:

  3. mzkatie says:

    I’d like to make clear quickly that in my highschool, it was not mandatory to say the pledge every morning. In the years that I was there, I couldn’t tell you how many times I said it. However, it was not BANNED. We were free to say it if we wanted. It was mandatory in the lower grades.

    Most of my outrage comes from the fact that the flag wasn’t displayed in any classrooms. This entire school was without a flag until Sean opened his mouth. Is the flag offensive now, too?

    I wonder how many students have gone through that school.. & were just plain indifferent to lack of flags.

    Seriouslyyy makes me want to jump out of my skin!
    God Bless America.

  4. Princess says:

    hmmm love it or LEAVE it folks…………..isn’t that something from the 60’s? LMAO
    this gets my britches all in a twist! grrrrrrrrrrr IDIOTS

  5. polarbear20 says:

    I have no problem with the Pledge of Allegiance. 😀

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

  6. Hacksaw says:

    I have no problem with the Pledge of Allegiance. 😀

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

    I notice you either forgot, or intentionally omitted the words “under God” which are included in our Pledge, and I suspect that those two words are the main problem that many liberals have with our Pledge, along with the fact that it kinda forces them to at least verbally support America, despite the fact that most liberals are instructed that this country is evil, and truly deserves all the bad things that are perpetrated against her, and more.

    • polarbear20 says:

      I ‘omitted’ those words because that is the CORRECT way the Pledge was intended to be said by its author. Aside from a few minor changes involving how the US is referred to, the most major change came in the 1950s when that “under god” nonsense was added. Of course the reasoning behind that was an attempt to “stick it” to those ‘godless commies” by paranoid old white men.

      I just find it funny how the Constitution worshipers love to selectively redact history to make it support their Judeo-Christian agendas. Just like Jefferson, in reality a deist, becomes a religious fanatic. And the people who love to wave the second and tenth amendments in everyone’s faces love to forget part of the first one called the “establishment clause” as they try to inject their religious agenda into our lives.

      • Hacksaw says:

        Not true: the original Pledge was as follows:

        “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

        All of the word changes & additional phrases were added later, but it is odd that you only choose to omit the sole reference to God and not any of the other changes that have been made to our Pledge throughout the years.

  7. mzkatie says:

    Personally, I think PB has the right to leave “under God” out of the Pledge. And Hacksaw has the right to say it. And other religions reserve the right to say Buddah or Allah or whatever other gods are out there. This is America, where we have the right to pray to whatever god we want to, or not pray to any god at all. That should not only be acknowledged in our Constitution, but respected on the regular, even in our Pledge.

  8. therealgirlscout says:

    The point is…..the Pledge of Allegiance should not be eliminated from recitation at a school because of the “God” reference. If you don’t believe in God, then JUST DON’T RECITE THAT PART!!!

  9. myfoxmystere says:

    I pledge Allegiance to the Flag of The United States Of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: ONE NATION UNDER GOD, Indivisible with liberty and justice FOR ALL!!!!

    I pledge

    NO ALLEGIANCE to the stands of the MOONBATS in Amerika, and to the injustices which they love, our nation sent to Hell, unthinkable with libertards and intolerance gone wild!!!!!!

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  11. myfoxmystere says:

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