BREAKING

Explosion at restaurant in Japan with injuries...story developing

Parents fuming over Pledge of Allegiance 'waiver'

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
 | 
Todd Starnes - Guest Columnist
http://www.foxnews.com/archive/todd-starnes

Todd StarnesFlorida's Pledge of Allegiance waiver shouldn't surprise those who are keeping up with the attack on patriotism in our public school system. What is surprising, though, is who's responsible for it.


At first Micah Brienen thought his sister-in-law's text message was a joke.

"I was immediately shocked by it," Mr. Brienen, of Bonita Springs, Florida, told me. "I thought it was a fake."

But the text message was not a fake – it was the real deal.

It was a Pledge of Allegiance waiver from his niece's public school in Tallahassee:

"I understand my rights as a parent and I request that my child, noted above, be excused from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This request includes standing and placing his/her right hand over his/her heart."

His sister-in-law returned the form to the school with the following message: "This is the dumbest thing I have ever read and I am so ashamed of this."

Now Mr. Brienen is not one to post political stuff on his social networking pages – but when he saw the Pledge of Allegiance waiver – he could not resist.

"I thought it was definitely something that needed to be out on social media," he told me.

He posted an image of the waiver on Facebook and wrote the following:

"My niece brought this home from school today ... What is happening to our country?!?"

His message took off faster than Michael Phelps in a kiddie pool – and late yesterday it landed on my desk.

"I believe it's another stop in the progressive political movement to destroy the education system," Mr. Brienen told me. "We have a lot of American values and traditions that seem to be whittling away."

That's true – but you might be surprised to learn who was ultimately responsible for the waiver. It wasn't far left Democrats. It was Republicans.

"This is a response to a Florida law voted on by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Scott," said Chris Petley, the spokesman for Leon County Schools.

Specifically, he was referring to Florida Statue 1003.44. That law dictates "to all school districts in Florida that, 'each student shall be informed by a written notice published in the student handbook or a similar publication pursuant to s. 1006.07(2) that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge."

In other words, don't blame Leon County Schools.

"We are required to comply with the law," he replied.

Republicans signed off on that, folks. Republicans. Lord Almighty. That's like finding a hair on a biscuit.

Mr. Brienen, who voted for Gov. Scott, said he still opposes the Pledge waiver.

"If we don't make a stand now – we might not have the Pledge of Allegiance in school," he said. "What's next, removing the flags? It's only the beginning."

Florida's Pledge of Allegiance waiver should not come as a surprise to readers of this column. I've long documented the attack on patriotism in our public school system.

It won't be long before kids will need a Notary Public before they can sing the national anthem or wave Old Glory.

George Washington is probably looking down from Heaven – shaking his head and wondering, "I crossed the Delaware for this?"


Todd Starnes is host of "Fox News & Commentary," heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is "God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values." Follow Todd on Twitter and find him on Facebook.

This column is printed with permission. Opinions expressed in 'Perspectives' columns published by OneNewsNow.com are the sole responsibility of the article's author(s), or of the person(s) or organization(s) quoted therein, and do not necessarily represent those of the staff or management of, or advertisers who support the American Family News Network, OneNewsNow.com, our parent organization or its other affiliates.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION
We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What happens when educational institutions publicly "repent" of past sins like racism and slavery?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by Turkey-backed forces
Strasbourg remembers victims of the Christmas market attack
Germany sees notable drop in asylum applications in 2018
Trump visits Arlington cemetery for holiday commemoration
Father of Strasbourg attacker said his son backed IS group
Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village
Trump says Interior Secretary Zinke leaving administration

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Explosion at restaurant in Japan injures more than 40, officials say
Time magazine and the manipulation and abuse of truth
Gandhi statue removed from African university over claims of racism
China’s growing aggression on the high seas
Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY