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The Pledge  -

July 1st, 2010


It was quick, painless, and we said it every day in school growing up. But enough about, "check out Tanya's rack."

After originally banning the practice altogether, a high school principal in MA has decided that students can voluntarily say the Pledge of Allegiance in the hallway before school, but not in actual classrooms while school is in session. Apparently, some folks are offended by saying "under God" and pledging allegiance to a country that gives them the very right to be the annoying, ingrown nut-hairs that they are.

Incredible. If you don't dig it, why are you here?

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Of U.S. voters say children should recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school, per a 2008 Rasmussen Report. 82% say the words "under God" should remain in the Pledge as well.



I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Evelyn Beatrice Hall, under the pseudonym Stephen G. Tallentyre in The Friends of Voltaire (1906)

ceremonial deism

noun.     a legal term used in the United States for nominally religious statements and practices deemed to be merely ritual and non-religious through long customary usage.

Examples include "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency, and "Oh my God, I'm coming!" yelled loudly in porn films.



The original pledge was written in 1892, and was introduced in schools by proclamation of President Benjamin Harrison during Columbus Day that same year. The words "under God" weren't added until 1954, when a campaign run by The Knights of Columbus distinguished the pledge from what they believed were similar orations used by "godless communists."


The List

Them's the Rules

Children's Success Academy, Tucson, AZ Does not allow white flour, refined sugar, and anything it defines as processed food. Wow, so their school lunches really suck.
Public schools in Scranton, PA Don't allow skinny jeans, hooded sweatshirts, tops with zippers, clothing a size too tight, yoga pants, and shorts more than three inches above the knee. Sorry, Larry and friends.
East Shore Middle School, CT No physical contact, including high-fives, hugging, and horseplay of any kind. Hoping this is a school for quadriplegics, otherwise WTF?
Camden-Rockport Middle School, ME Intentional flatulence banned after a group of boys made a game out of who could fart the loudest. We proudly still display our trophy from FJHS.

This is the United States of America, and there is only one thing we hate more than being forced to do something: being told we can't do something. If people can wear the flag or burn the flag, people should certainly have the freedom and opportunity to pledge allegiance to it.

This 4th of July, learn more about the history of the flag that defines our nation.

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