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"School Children are not people who have reached the age of majority yet. They cannot legally sign contracts, drive a car, or drink alcohol. The kids in question were in Middle School, so they were probably not over the age of 15.
By the precepts handed down from our founding fathers, these kids are supposed to follow the instructions of their educators. When they reach the age of majority THEN they can decide if they want to snub their noses at (or spit in the faces of) all of those who have fought (and died) for their right to do so.
Unfortunately, society today does not want rules of ANY kind--unless it is to tell Christians or those scientists who believe in intelligent design (because their research leads them in that direction) to shut up."
Originally posted by dgtempe
Ordinarily, i would stand for the pledge. I would make my kids stand for the pledge. I always DID stand for the pledge, its out of respect for our great country that once was.
At this point in time, i think i'd sit it out and watch everyone else dance.
I'm not proud of this, but i dont like hipocrisy.
Originally posted by MacSen191
I have mixed feelings on this. I really think that one day suspension isn't good enough. I mean, standing for the Pledge Of Allegience... you just do it. It shows respect for our country, ideals and the people who fought for it.
On the other hand, I understand that kids need a voice too, etc. But to me the Pledge is like a reminder for the things this country is built upon and needs to be remembered so we can change what we don't like about it now. Does that make sense?
School Children are not people who have reached the age of majority yet. They cannot legally sign contracts, drive a car, or drink alcohol. The kids in question were in Middle School, so they were probably not over the age of 15.
Yes we are. I have no respect for the pledge, just like Bush.
Originally posted by blimpseeker
liberals are hilarious.
Originally posted by livingtorch
Wytwrm, by "The state does not grant rights. We are born with them."
Does that mean killers and rapists are born with a "RIGHT" to kill and rape?
Do drug dealers have a "RIGHT" to deal drugs to our grade school children?
Do people have a "RIGHT" to break any and all laws, leaving nothing but chaos in their wake?
What about the illegal personal income tax which was never ratified by congress in 1913? Do people have a "RIGHT" not to pay taxes?
So much for being "born with" rights.
The Pledge of Allegiance
In its 1940 Gobitis decision (310 US 586), the Supreme Court ruled that schools can compel students to recite the Pledge. The U.S. Congress recognized the Pledge officially in 1942, and in 1954 added the phrase "under God" to the text. In 1943, the Supreme Court overturned Gobitis and ruled in its Barnette decision (319 US 624) that school children could not be forced to recite the Pledge as a part of their school day routine..
1. Today, the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance is set in the US Code, at 4 USC 4. The text of that section is below.
If you would like more information on the U.S. flag, I suggest that you visit USFlag.org, an excellent site with lots of resources concerning the flag and its evolution.