Ok, if any of you recall (or care) I get a bit tweaked when people refuse to honor the traditions of our country and our nation. Another 'activist' judge has taken it too far, again.
An 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judge has ruled that a student may be permitted to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance; the ruling didn't touch, however, whether or not they could remain silent.
According to this article, Sen Bob Graham is pushing to bring civics courses back into schools in the manner in which we grew up. Amen, Senator. I'm all for that. Of course, those opposed prefer we NOT do so apparently due to the fact it creates real citizens full of patriotism and zeal rather than whiny dimbots who have NO moral center and can't commit to ANYthing.
In a prepared statement, Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith said
the state Department of Education was "pleased" that the court
"recognized the balance between the exercise of free speech and
parents' right to direct and oversee their child's education and civic
WHAT civic values? If you refuse to participate, you HAVE no ''civic values''. I fail to see how they cannot comprehend this. One teacher is quoted:
"If a kid has told me that he or she doesn't believe in acknowledging
the flag or it's a religious issue, I don't push it," he said. "But for
the other kids who have not expressed some specific objection, it is a
matter of respect and patriotism. They should be there for the pledge."
I agree with this teacher (who was also a retired Ranger). No one seemingly is willing to learn what respect is, or how to earn it, or how to give it.
I really, really, REALLY would like to see what would happen if someone didn't stand during the pledge near me, or extend the same respect during the National Anthem. It could get ugly.
Be sure to let the editor of the St Pete Times know about their editorial, too: [email protected]. Inspiring civics? Some things need more than inspiration to instill. Forcing patriotism isn't one of them, but learning respect certainly is.