Pledge Against Your Will — For Freedom!

A Florida teacher has been suspended for five days without pay after forcing her students to say the Pledge of Allegiance. And rightly so.

“You are an American, and you are supposed to salute the flag,” she said. Pledge-of-Allegiance“In my classroom, everyone will do the pledge; no religion says that you can’t do the pledge. If you can’t put your hand on your heart, then you need to move out of the country.”

Such a patriotic attitude! (Insert comic German accent) “You vill obey und salute the government. Ve do not appreciate individual thought here!”

She still doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about, which means maybe this teacher should go back to school and take a remedial social studies class.

This is America — where we don’t force people to love the government. After all, of what use is a forced pledge? If someone forces you to say something against your will, what’s the point? How is it meaningful? Does the irony not hit people? “We are forcing you to pledge against your will — for freedom!!!”

The United States Supreme Court held that no one could be forced to say the pledge over fifty years ago in a case involving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who persuasively argued that such a pledge violated their religious beliefs concerning worshiping objects or something. The child who this teacher forced to say the pledge was a Jehovah’s Witness, which makes this Florida teacher’s decision even worse.

I am always amused by patriots who want to force Americans to do things like this — which seem to me to be one of the most unAmerican thing you can do. Say the pledge because you mean it, and not because you have to. That’s true patriotism.

3 thoughts on “Pledge Against Your Will — For Freedom!

  1. She is pretty damn lucky to only be suspended. She grabbed his wrist, and while I am not against parents physically correcting children, you do NOT physically correct a student’s behavior unless someone is in physical danger. My state(Texas) still allows spanking, but it has to be approved by the parent EVERY time. I can not imagine she is allowed to drag a kid down the hall, this is no different. That is an incident beyond, “Oh, I wanted more respect than a moment of silence.”


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