April 23, 2008

All's Well That Ends Well

Did you hear the news story about the girl who would not recite the Pledge of Allegiance in high school classes? They booted her out of school for it.

Eighteen-year-old Tyner Academy senior Quinesha Garrett was removed this week from daytime classes and ordered to night school, where the pledge is not recited.

She refused to say the Pledge, so she's probably some kind of terrorist or other.

But there is a happy end to this story. Ms. Garrett simply told the administration that she had political reasons for not reciting the Pledge at this time, and that she felt it was part of her exercise of freedom of speech. And they let her back in!

I'm totally kidding. She told them it was against her religion.

Sometimes I wish non-theists could get notes from god, but he tends not to return our phone calls.

Posted by James at April 23, 2008 8:19 PM
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Gak! Remarkable that you can be forced to say the pledge of allegiance, at all. I used to just stand there respectfully until it was over. No one ever bothered me about it. It wasn't that I'm not patriotic. I always felt that it was disingenuous to require me to say it. It reminded me of the loyalty oaths in the 50s.

So, great, you don't HAVE to say it if you proclaim that your religious beliefs preclude you from declaring an allegiance to anyone above your deity. What if you're not a Christian, would THAT fly? What if you're a Satanist? What if you worship Cthullu?

Posted by: Kitten Herder at April 23, 2008 9:04 PM

Cthulhu loves the P of A.

Posted by: Bull at April 23, 2008 10:07 PM

Well, Cthulhu loves the P of A... to Cthulhu.

I always got the feeling he was a somewhat jealous god, while he was awake anyhow.

Posted by: James at April 23, 2008 10:17 PM

Aia Aia Cthulhu Ftaghn!

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 23, 2008 11:01 PM

It matters not to Cthulhu. He'll eat your soul when he wakes either way.

Posted by: briwei at April 24, 2008 12:10 PM

Back in the 80s, there was a high-profile case of a girl in Randolph who got in trouble for refusing to say the Pledge. The trouble was exacerbated by anti-Semitic comments from her teacher, I think.

I believe the outcome was that she didn't have to say the P any more, but it took 'em long enough to work that one out and I think the ACLU had to get involved.

Posted by: Julie at April 24, 2008 2:32 PM

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