Today I was reviewing bills that are before the Florida House and Senate and I discovered that the powers-that-be have thrown into the Class size amendment a bit about mandatory reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.
Both HJR 307 and SJR 534 call for an amendment to s. 1, Art. IX of the State Constitution, which would require public school students in all grades to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and that they should be excused only if the parent provides a written excuse.
When I was a kid I didn't have a problem with the Pledge in school but then again no one forced me to say it but I certainly would have expected that if I had chosen not to say it, I would not have been required to obtain my parents permission. I think that my parents would have thought that ridiculous. We teach schoolchildren to be good citizens yet we do not allow them to decide for themselves whether or not they want to participate in reciting the pledge. Let's let these kids be good citizens--if they want to stand up and say the Pledge, let them go for it, if not fine, leave them be. Is the child who refuses the pledge any less patriotic? I think not. Instead of doing the thinking for them, let's teach these kids to stand up for themselves and decide in what way they want to express their appreciation for being an American.
You know it's really quite amazing....right now in America we have politicians pushing for legislation that would ensure parents have no right to be notified if their underage daughter seeks an abortion and yet we have politicians want to pass laws which require a child to obtain written consent from the parent before refraining from reciting the Pledge. This is forced patriotism. A flag in every classroom, every child reciting the Pledge. Sounds more like a socialist nation than a free and democratic republic.
Our politicans are going about this patriotic thing ass backwards. It is the act of standing up for freedom and liberty, not reciting mere words, which makes one a true patriot.