Update 2 (move to top): Michelle Malkin has picked up the story:
Diversity worship? Check.
â€œChoice?â€ The kind that Planned Parenthood supports, no doubt, and not educational vouchers, Iâ€™m sure.
File under: Reason number 10,000,000 to homeschool your children.
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Though we’re left to wonder why the word “comrade” was omitted from the Student Worker pledge.
Update: The latest version of the Rocky story contains a photo from this morning with the student club’s banner showing a large red star – an unmistakable symbol. It’s sad, these kids seem to have no idea what great evil was done and human misery caused in service to this symbol. You can also read their absurd alternative Pledge here.
A handful of Boulder teens carry on their city’s tradition of over-dramatized and inconsequential protest, reports the Rocky Mountain News today:
Waving signs and American flags, Boulder High School students this morning will stage the first of what could become many Pledge of Allegiance protests in the school courtyard.
Members of the activist Student Worker club are inviting their peers to leave class every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. â€” when the pledge is recited over the intercom â€” and meet in the courtyard to say a revised version of the pledge that doesn’t reference God.
“Student Worker club”? Does anyone really think there’s exaggeration involved when Boulder is described as a mini-socialistic state? And being that this is Boulder, who isn’t concerned that the administration will bend over backwards to accommodate these students? Here’s how the state-governed policy works now:
[Assistant principal Lynn] Donnelly said Boulder High’s daily pledge announcement starts with this invitation: “Please stand if you want to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.”
“Then they go on with class,” she said. “It’s not disruptive.”
Since the assistant principal’s description of the practice goes unchallenged, why do the student socialists want a disruptive alternative?
Members of the student group say they have three main gripes with the way the traditional pledge is read at the start of second-period classes: It takes away from school time; it’s ignored or disrespected by mocking teens; and the phrase, “one nation, under God,” violates the separation of church and state.
“Boulder High has a highly diverse population, not all of whom believe in God, or one God,” [club president Emma] Martens said. “We didn’t think it was fair for the whole school to have to listen to it.
The first two arguments look to be fillers: their alternative isn’t a time-saver, and they’re doing nothing at all to propose more respect for the flag or the Pledge. The third argument, though, the meat of their argument, doesn’t mesh with history, the Constitution, or case law. These adolescents need a lot more civics education before telling us convincingly what violates the Constitution. It’s their opinion – fine – but it’s an ill-informed one.
And finally this from the socialist student club president:
“It’s almost religious oppression,” she said.
I hope Ms. Martens and her fellow students come to see that this sort of hyperbolic rhetoric denigrates the meaning of the term, as well as those in other countries who suffer from genuine religious oppression. Sadly, it’s a typical soft-headed, Left-wing tactic.
The administration should say: “We appreciate your right to your opinion, and give you time and space to share your views amongst those who choose to join and participate in your club. But the current Pledge policy is in line with state law, and there’s nothing about it that is disruptive or oppressive. You have the same rights as always to choose whether or not to participate in the Pledge each morning. But choosing to participate in a protest or demonstration that in any way disrupts the school day will result in fairly-administered consequences as provided in the student code.”
Simple, straightforward common sense in Boulder schools? Color me an optimist.