Students at Calif. College ban Pledge of Allegiance

  1. http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...src=rss&rpc=22

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    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.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   VeryPlainJane
    I find this hysterical...Considering the pledge was penned by a die hard commie! lol

  4. by   rn/writer
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    I find this hysterical...Considering the pledge was penned by a die hard commie! lol

    Seems like you go out of your way to use offensive methods to make a point. Not necessary. Not appreciated. I'm definitely not lol.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    I find this hysterical...Considering the pledge was penned by a die hard commie! lol

    Lol!
    Love the picture.
    The article says saying the pledge was banned at a college.

    I've never heard of a college where students were required to recite the pledge. I would think college-age citizens are old enough to think for themselves. If they want to say the pledge, they can say it in their homes.
  6. by   Roy Fokker
    Wow! I go away for a week and look at y'all!
  7. by   rn/writer
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    Lol!
    Love the picture.
    The article says saying the pledge was banned at a college.

    I've never heard of a college where students were required to recite the pledge. I would think college-age citizens are old enough to think for themselves. If they want to say the pledge, they can say it in their homes.
    If college age students are old enough to think for themselves, then isn't banning the pledge as offensive as forcing it? Either way, someone else is deciding for them.
  8. by   VickyRN
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    I find this hysterical...Considering the pledge was penned by a die hard commie! lol

    Jane, this is deeply offensive to many members of our Internet community, myself included. If you are looking for shock appeal, then you have achieved your purpose.
  9. by   VeryPlainJane
    Why is it offensive?
  10. by   rn/writer
    Quote from VeryPlainJane
    Why is it offensive?
    If you really don't know, it would be difficult to explain it to you.
  11. by   VeryPlainJane
    Quote from rn/writer
    If you really don't know, it would be difficult to explain it to you.
    Please try.
  12. by   elkpark
    I LOVE the poster, VPJ -- you go, girlfriend!!!

    Noli nothis permittere te terere.
  13. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from rn/writer
    If college age students are old enough to think for themselves, then isn't banning the pledge as offensive as forcing it? Either way, someone else is deciding for them.
    I don't agree. Any person can say the pledge almost any time they want.
    Banning the organized, sanctioned reciting of the pledge as a group activity does not prevent anyone from saying the pledge.

    Just as banning organized, group prayer in public schools does not stop anyone from praying.

    However, having pledges and/or prayers as a part of classroom activity does pressure everyone present to participate.

    Reciting the pledge and prayer as a sanctioned, group activity in a public classroom makes me very uneasy, and is very inappropriate, in my opinion.

    I would like to see students in public elemetary, middle, and high schools take a pledge promising not to bully fellow students, not to become unitentional parents, and to make an effort do well in school.
  14. by   CHATSDALE
    i think that demanding that people go to their homes to recite a pledge is discriminatory

    however if those do not like the country, asking them to say a pledge is not going to make them love it any more and should not be required

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