Three small-town public "government" schoolers who are in the eighth grade have been placed on suspension for refusing to put their hands on their chests and recite the evil and diabolical Pledge of Allegiance.
Here's more on the story from the Star Tribune:
Three small-town eighth-graders in Minnesota were suspended by their principal for not standing Thursday morning for the Pledge of Allegiance, violating a district policy that the principal now says may soon be reworded to protect free speech rights.
'"My son wasn't being defiant against America,' said Kim Dahl, mother of one of the students, Brandt, who attends Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Junior High School in northwestern Minnesota.
Brandt told the Forum newspaper in Fargo that Thursday's one-day in-school suspension, 'was kind of dumb because I didn't do anything wrong. It should be the people's choice.'
Kim Dahl said the 'punishment didn't fit the crime. If they wanted to know why he didn't stand, they should've made him write a paper.' She said her son has been declining to stand all school year, offered no reason for sitting and was not obligated to explain his actions.
The school's handbook says all students are required to stand but are not required to recite the pledge. The same is true for all four schools in the district, a school official said.
'These three [students] didn't, and they got caught,' said Mel Olson, the district's community education director. He said he backs the punishment, 'being a veteran and a United States of America citizen, absolutely.' Olson served in the Marines in Japan during the Vietnam War.
The head of the Minnesota American Civil Liberties Union said that the school's actions against the students are unconstitutional, and his office informed the district of that today in a strongly worded letter.
'The school can't do that; that's illegal,' said Chuck Samuelson, the civil liberties group's executive director. 'Wow.'
Samuelson said that numerous U.S. Supreme Court rulings dating to the 1940s say in 'well-settled constitutional law' that 'students who refuse to participate in the pledge cannot be punished for refusing to participate.'
The "Pledge of Allegiance" has always been, is, and always will be a government-approved, government-codified oath to the state. It is a government-mandated act of loyalty to the god known as the state, given that the state has been deified by its own collectivistic sycophants and supporters who believe that control is freedom, welfare is wealth, and the state is the savior of capitalism.
Furthermore, it is an act to centralize government and propagate its myths. It is a radical tool to brainwash and control our children who are forced to attend the government schools and individuals who attend major league sports games in order to become perpetual slaves of the state and its welfare-warfare state antics. It has become so pervasive that it has dominated every facet of our lives.
Let's remember that Francis Julius Bellamy, a Baptist minister and a Christian Socialist, is the author of this evil fealty. He wrote this in 1892 after Lincoln's War Between the States to ensure that everyone was indoctrinated with the following statist tenets:
Should we really be surprised with this vile, social engineering-worshipping, collectivistic claptrap? This is all the more reason to abolish the public "government schools, the vile and diabolical state itself, and return education to the province of the free market.
[H/T to Lew for his original blog report on this.]