"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
I want American kids to think for themselves. To question their government, and to take ownership of the country they live in. Don't just pledge allegiance, that's not enough. Take ownership of this great country and understand that you will one day inherit it. Don't pledge allegiance, pledge to become a leader.
Pledge to make this county better than you found it. Don't pledge to follow without using your brain. Pledge to shape this country in to something you would be proud to live in, something you would be proud to raise your own kids in.
I don't want to raise a generation of followers. To me, that's what the pledge of allegiance represents. I want to raise a generation of forward thinking leaders who will take their inheritance and make something out of it.
`"In 1943, the Supreme Court in the case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette ruled that persons may not be compelled to stand and observe the pledge, writing, If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. - Texas school violates high court ruling by suspending teen who wont stand for pledge
Kudo's to Mason Michalec
Our government is a Republic. I love my country, served my country, bled for my country and don't see someone not wishing to pledge allegiance to the flag as hating the nation I served.
But it appears you don't know the history attached to the Pledge- our founders rejected such a pledge, they don't see a Pledge of ALLEGIANCE as compatible with a nation that is founded on the Right to dissent. The Pledge got it's momentum from a marketer (James Upton) wanting to sell flags and magazines to schools and students for the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering the New World.
It wasn't until WWII the Pledge was adopted- but also during that war the Supreme Court ruled public schools couldn't require students to say the Pledge- Justice Jackson wrote in the Opinion handed down- no official grand or petty may describe any force any citizen to confess by word or act their faith... the list was politics, nationalism and religion.
The 11th Court of Appeals ruled you can't require students to stand for the Pledge.
Pretty much a long line of Fine 'love their Country' Americans not seeing reciting the Pledge as the equiv to loving your country.
Pretty much solid legal ground for not having to...