Eisenhower H.S. in Blue Island to let student sit during Pledge of Allegiance

Sitting during a patriotic event has become a turn-on for the self-righteous. I don't know if NFL San Fransisco 49ers quarterback  49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started it when he refused to stand during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem. Then Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane joined in, saying he will continue to sit during the Anthem in support of Kaepernick. Then Seahawks players said they will Ike hssit in support of Lane and Kaepernick. Etc. Etc. Used to be that protests involved getting up, walking around, carrying signs and so forth, but now, I guess, sitting on your ass is a more fashionable way to protest.

Not to be outdone, a student at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island has now been cleared to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance. The  American Humanist Association ("Good without a god")  is patting itself on its back for pressuring the school to okay his act of defiance, in objection to, I suppose, the reference to God in the Pledge. After all, God is not allowed in schools, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, even though the courts have rejected the society's claims because, the courts have reasoned, that the Pledge is a patriotic act and not a prayer. Phew, that was close.

If you want to see the Society's crowing over its "victory," you can read it here.

Seems like every few years, "progressives" enjoy doing something that they think provokes the rest of us. Burn a flag. Old hat. As if the rest of us are afraid of free speech. Unlike "progressives" that demand that schools create "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" so they won't be offended. Oh, the humanity!

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  • I wonder if that same student will now demand a new anthem: "Here Comes Suzy Snowflake", to be played softly and with reverence with respect to that student's fragile sensibilities?

  • In reply to Chef Boy RD:

    You would feel this way even if the student is a Jehovah Witness?

  • I like the words of Justice Jackson, speaking for the Supreme Court in the middle of World War II, when he said:

    "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. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.

    "We think the action of the local authorities in compelling the flag salute and pledge transcends constitutional limitations on their power and invades the sphere of intellect and spirit which it is the purpose of the First Amendment to our Constitution to reserve from all official control."

    W.Va State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Or, as my high school business teacher liked to say, 'you can do anything you want in the world...as long you can accept the consequences.'

    Progs love the former, the latter not so much.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    And in this case what do you believe will be the consequences?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Let's ask Aesop.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    You didn't answer my serious question. The answer you provided is irrelevant, unless you care to explain why it is relevant.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    May I add another Justice Jackson pertinent remark?

    "The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion."

  • Dennis, you seem to think that these are expressions of defiance in the worst sense of the word, rather than acts of conscience and principle. Should anyone be threatened by freedom of expression under the law.?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Defiance; noun
    1.a daring or bold resistance to authority or to any opposing force.
    2.open disregard; contempt (often followed by of):
    defiance of danger; His refusal amounted to defiance.
    3.a challenge to meet in combat or in a contest.

    I'm not sure which of these is the "worst sense of the word." Defiance i defiance, whether it is justified or not. But is it justified in this case? Is there a balance to be reached between the student's right to defy a rule and the school's teaching function which, some might argue, is to teach respect for the flag? I'm just asking.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    "The school's teaching function ... is to teach respect for the flag"? Read again the words of Justice Jackson I quoted before.

  • The first definition would be the worst interpretation of the case in point. They are not resisting authority, but exercising the Constitutional right of dissent.. As a former teacher I do not see any conflict with the "school's teaching function".

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    And that's the problem. There's no need for balance when everything is black or white.

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