Friday, November 10, 2006

Spoiled child...Confused adult

As a child in elementary school, I can still remember facing the flag and reciting the Pledge of allegiance. As an immigrant is sworn in as an official citizen of the United States, they recite the Pledge Allegiance. As a soilder is sworn in he pledges his allegence to the United States of America

...but not at West Coast College in the O.C. (Orange County).

"Student leaders at a California college have touched off a furor by banning the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, saying they see no reason to publicly swear loyalty to God and the U.S. government."

"...The move was lead by three recently elected student trustees, who ran for office wearing revolutionary-style berets and said they do not believe in publicly swearing an oath to the American flag and government at their school. One student trustee voted against the measure, which does not apply to other student groups or campus meetings"

"The ban follows a 2002 ruling by a federal appeals court in San Francisco that said forcing school children to recite the pledge was unconstitutional because of the phrase "under God." The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the ruling on procedural grounds but left the door open for another challenge."

Thank you San Francisco and Nancy Pelosi.

"..."That ('under God') part is sort of offensive to me," student trustee Jason Bell, who proposed the ban, told Reuters. "I am an atheist and a socialist, and if you know your history, you know that 'under God' was inserted during the McCarthy era and was directly designed to destroy my ideology."

I think he has it backwards. It's he who is offending God.

"Bell said the ban largely came about because the trustees didn't want to publicly vow loyalty to the American government before their meetings. "Loyalty ought to be something the government earns through performance, not through reciting a pledge," he said."

Where did Jason make that left turn off the cliff?

"...Martha Parham, a spokeswoman for the Coast Community College District, said her office had no standing on the student board and took no position on the flag salute ban.

"If their personal belief is that they don't want to say the Pledge of Allegiance, the district certainly isn't going to dictate what they do," she said."

This sounds like what I hear parents of today say to their children all the time.

"Now Johnny, if you promise to stop screaming in the store, I'll buy you a toy" I actually heard this.

Here's another good one. " I give Brittney as much freedom as she needs so as not to stifle her self confidence"

This is one a heard during a conversation with a good friend of my. "I let my child (10 years old) decide whether or not to believe in god. She can decide for herself"

Don't be afraid to be a parent.
Spoiled child...confused adult.

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