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I Pledge Allegiance... Kind of

By Bobby Eberle

Each morning when I was in school, we would start the day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Thankfully, many schools still honor the practice, but it is becoming painfully obvious that patriotism is the next target of the left wing thought police. In Oklahoma, a student was given the assignment of reciting the Pledge in Spanish, and now in a New York town students are not even saying the full Pledge. The school kind of starts it then stops. What in the world is going on?

As FoxNews.com reports, in Edmond, Oklahoma, an eighth grade student was told he would be given a zero if he did not complete his assignment of saying the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. The assignment was part of a Spanish class, but the mother, Melissa Taggart, said, "There are poems, lyrics, and great writes that she could have chosen that emphasize the Spanish culture and to teach our children. ... Why the Pledge of Allegiance?"

The school district claims that the Pledge was used, because "students need to learn something they are familiar with, like short phrases in the foreign language." Sounds fair enough, but there are plenty of choices to use rather than the Pledge, right?

Then there's the North Collins Elementary School in New York that's not reciting the full Pledge at all, whether in English, Spanish, or whatever language you pick. According to FoxNews.com, a member of the school board has resigned after the board voted not to require "students to recite the entire Pledge of Allegiance together -- not just the opening line."

They only say the opening line of the Pledge on the school's PA system, then they stop? Why, you ask? According to the school board member who resigned, Rosemarie Troidl, "The principal doesn't think the children get the full benefit of saying the Pledge as a group because children say it at different speed." Different speeds? What kind of reason is that?

Basically, the principal is saying that students don't recite the Pledge of Allegiance because it's too hard to say in unison. Hmmmm. That's interesting because the students at this school DO start off the day saying a "character pledge" in unison. Once this pledge is recited, the PA announcer recites the first line of the Pledge of Allegiance, and then the PA system is turned off.

Here's the school's "character pledge":

I pledge each day to do my best,
In Reading, Math and all the rest,
I promise to obey the rules,
In my class and in my school.
I will respect myself and others too,
I will expect the best in all I do.
I am here to learn all I can,
To try my best and be all that I am.

I AM PROUD TO BE ME!

So... the students can basically pledge allegiance to their class and school but not to the country and flag that have given them the gifts of freedom and liberty?

Troidl sums it up like this: "If the children can recite the character pledge in unison, they can recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a 68-word character pledge. The Pledge of Allegiance has 31 words."

Time and time again we see the Pledge of Allegiance coming under attack by the left. Whether it's the words "under God" or the patriotic nature of the Pledge itself, the left would rather "embrace diversity" (whatever that means) than teach patriotism. Just look at Democrat Betty McCollum who for some reason was picked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance in Congress one day:

Patriotism should be right up there with the 3 Rs. If we forget where we came from and the price it took to get here, we will surely lose track of where we are going.

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  1. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    November 10, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    Lets face it liberals hate God and what he stands for and they feel the same about America. If they can’t love this country they need to GET THE HELL OUT. A lot of good men and women gave their lives to give these people the freedoms that they take for granted and disrespect. Liberals are the most intolerant and disrespectful people in this Nation! In truth they bring nothing to the table but discord and lies! WAKE AMERICA! Following these liberals is nothing but a slow march to your own enslavement!
    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!

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  2. liberalfascistComment by liberalfascist
    November 10, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Forget where we came from? Are you serious? Kids today are being taught Texas stolen from Mexico, Manhatten from Indians, Etc Etc.
    These politicians who do this and encourage this should be dragged out in chains, Tied to the back of a Ford (the only real American car company left) and dragged ofver a gravel road until they are nothing but a smear on the road

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  3. ShellComment by Shell
    November 10, 2010 @ 9:53 am

    Why is it that we seem to be the only nation that can not be proud of and practice our beliefs, our patriotism and our freedoms? We must constantly accept other people’s beliefs and freedoms to the point that we diminish ourselves.

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  4. pypypypyComment by pypypypy
    November 10, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    This is another backup plan of the liberals to fundamentally transform this nation. Erase everything that represents what this great nation stands for and indoctrinate the children when they are at a very impressionable age.
    Parents have and need to stand up and oppose, before this evil scheme sinks it’s tentacles deep into schools foundation.

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  5. Ed JComment by Ed J
    November 10, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    What a shame our great country has developed into. If we who have served our country proudly will ask God to forgive us, He will hear our prayers and restore the USA to its greatness. He may take another two years to do it, but we truly need to humble ourselves befor Him, and we will once again be “One Nation under GOD!”

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  6. jb80538Comment by jb80538
    November 10, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    liberalism is mental disorder!
    our kids are not getting a very good education in public schools anymore. they have been watered down by liberals and indoctrinated with stupid liberal ideals.
    “Under GOD” is an important phrase in our courts(swear to tell the truth so help me God) and should remain in the pledge.

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  7. jcelkoComment by jcelko
    November 10, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    Before you go off the handle, you might want to actually read the history of the Pledge. The phrase “under God” was added in 1954 and was never part of the original Christian Socialist Movement that wanted to make loyalty to the State the basis of Civil Government in US. Go to Wikipedia other sources for the history of the Pledge and the Bellamy Salute. The salute will look very familiar if you have seen WWII photos of Germany.
    Wouldn’t it better if the kids read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights or the Declaration of Independence, since those documents are the foundation of US Civil Society?

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  8. bobnipComment by bobnip
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    to Jcelko-
    Have you ever heard the expression “The Will of the People”? Perhaps you have. In 1954 “under God” was added to the pledge. You are correct. Why? Because of the WILL OF THE PEOPLE. They wanted it acknowledged that God was the foundation of this Country. What you need to be more concerned with is the “Political Correctness” that has oozed like poison throughout this Nation. One woman Atheist takes offense at the Pledge being recited and gets it stopped in the entire nation? What happened to the Will of the People?
    That congress woman from Minnesota should have been escorted from the chamber and told to never return. Why? THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE!
    I agree that children should be learning about our founding documents. However, which form will they be learning? My guess is the “Creator” will be removed again for Political Correctness. It is no mistake that our Pseudo-President has left the “Creator” out of three feeble attempts to quote the Declaration of Independence. Wake up and smell the Marxism.

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  9. M WernerComment by M Werner
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    I cannot believe you are repeating this “urban myth.” I live in Western New York. The local conservative radio station, WBEN, investigated the complaints of Mrs. Troidl, and found them to be entirely w/o merit. Each classroom FINISHES the pledge at their own pace, in full.
    Mrs. Troidl is a well known crack-pot and local agitator.
    You are repeating a story from foxnews.com, but obviously never investigated it’s veracity.
    How can we believe ANYTHING you “report”?????

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  10. cnrileyComment by cnriley
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

    Bobby Eberle: There is a correction on your statement regarding NY. The school announcement begins the Pledge to prompt the students but then stops over the speaker system while the students continue to recite along with their teachers in their individual classrooms.
    This is done in order for the students to be able to follow along and recite at their own classroom’s pace which works better for them since this is an elementary school with K-6 classes and age groups!
    The kids recite both the Pledge of Allegiance and a “school” pledge.

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  11. AmericaFirstComment by AmericaFirst
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    From one that traveled Europe for three years, I can sum up, this problem, in one word…”Jealousy!”
    I saw it in every country. The middle class had, many times, a lower standard of living than some of our “poor and disadvantaged.” Socialist, Communists, Marxists, use this fact to whip-up the hatred of Americans, because Americans have too much! They are too successful, and after all, “Americans are “Mongrel Dogs,” made up of all the scum that other countries didn’t want.”
    True, we didn’t start out as a tribe, a people all of one blood. But, we certainly proved ourselves. This was done because of the mutual goals,
    the assimilation of different peoples, an adherence to the Constitution, and the Morality of being a Nation that kept God, in our daily lives. It is simple, what made our Country great, and what gave us the freedoms that we have enjoyed.
    Liberals hate this truth! They want to destroy what has been built by a Nation, with values so contrary to their own.
    The Diversity, Tolerance, and Liberalism, being taught in our schools, divide the country. It eliminates God, and Morality, and the love of Country. These things, the Liberals despise.
    Their mindset of hatred for American and Americans, is regurgitated by the Left-wing Radicals,spreading hatred of our Country, at every opportunity. They teach this hatred to our children, starting in First Grade through the Universities.
    Our Schools are out of control. They have become a “Depository,” for the most radical of Liberals. We, as Americans, have ignored the indoctrination of our children, with a Left-wing, radical education (Isn’t this what we have in the Oval Office, and you see how well it is working out for us.) Our liberty, our country, our destiny,our way of life, will be determined by what is taught to our children!
    Americans must take action, and clean out the schools and Universities! Teach our children the skills they need to become successful. Teach them to speak proper English, Math, Science and the true History of their great Country! Get rid of teachers that do not make this a priority.
    And,get rid of “TENURE.”

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  12. FlaJimComment by FlaJim
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    This comes on top of recent news that it took a couple of years in either a CT or MA school district to get the Pledge reinstated and proper flags placed in each classroom in accordance with state law. The school board lamely explained that they’d wanted to avoid offending anyone.
    Who’s country is this? Next time a visiting moslem head of state visits DC, will we drape all statues because their cult forbids graven images? Maybe the government will also issue an edict that all women wear veils during the visit.
    This is our country and we do things our way. English is our language (we published the first English dictionary) and should be the only one used in official documents – including the ballot.

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  13. Liberty4310Comment by Liberty4310
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    Jeclko – The fact that our kids should be learning about the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States w/The Bill of Rights does not negate the fact that they should also be able to cite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing The Star Spangled Banner, both of which were written later than during our founding. That the words “under God” were added even later is as irrelevant as the fact that a number of amendments were made to the Consitution many years after it was written. They are still part of the original document.
    The Pledge of Allegiance, along with all our other basic documents and historical background are simply obstacles to the Liberal one-world view. They will try to overcome them a piece at a time, just as they have been doing since 1913. Let us work to make sure they don’t succeed.

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  14. mo ky fellowComment by mo ky fellow
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    We must get control of our public education. I am 73 years old and when I started to school it was in the FIRST GRADE. Sometime later the U S Department of Education decided that the slow learners should have 1/2 day of KINDERGARTEN so that when they started the first grade they would be on an equal level with the normal kids. Then it was opened up to all children. Then it was decided that they should go all day. What this meant was that elememtary school was now 9-years instead of 8-years. Somewhere along the line it was decided that in order for the slow learners to be on a par with those entering KINDERGARTEN, we needed a 1/2 day of PRE-SCHOOL. This was then opened up to all students and later changed to being all day. Now many schools have all day classes for THREE YEAR OLDS. Don’t be surprised to hear before long that the public schools are having DAYCARE that is open for babys FROM BIRTH UP THRU 2-YEAR OLDS. So then our children will be RAISED by “teachers” who have gone thru our very liberal, left-leaning Colleges & Universities!
    It has not been to many years ago that a Russian Dictator made the statement that if we (The USA) gave one generation of children to them, this country would be Socialistic forever. Is that not what we are doing right now???
    Think about it friends, think about it!

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  15. ChewyBeesComment by ChewyBees
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    I guess the part where the Prophet told us to never swear to anything isn’t convenient enough for those that have been programmed to just plain render unto ceasar, your allegiance that is. I can’t understand where the gray area keeps coming from when it comes to having a relationship with God, but expecting God to be part of a pledge, to a flag nonetheless, and the complete absence of Republic for which it purportedly stands. I would love to have a social contract that is valid and that I could be proud of, but it is and has been long gone, replaced by a bankers creed to fleece each and every one of us of everything, ending with our deflated and blackened souls. The songs and the oaths and the rallys only further support a Queens war chest, of which our brave men and women are tin soldiers and nothing more for her.
    You can call me a liar and a traitor and tell me to get the hell out, as some simpleton exhorted above, but I know darn well what nations and cultures of people claim ownership to all the banks of the Federal Reserve, and they’re not loyal Americans. Anyone that is a ‘loyal American’ had better quit pretending that what is now America is the America we are told exists. All of this pledging and voting and saluting is simple subservience to filthy rich strangers with secret agendas that involve the downfall of any idea of free society.
    How can any of you claim to be free when you put middlemen strangers in charge of your freedom, watching with indifference as they passed 80 million Federal laws and made everyone an outlaw?
    How can any of you claim security when you’ve handed over that job to Fedcoat middlemen mercenaries that serve as corporate police first and rich people security second, as well as posers and lying lawyers in suits meeting out their justice to the unclean among them?
    How can any of you claim a relationship with God when you can only be ‘forgiven’ or ‘blessed’ by some middleman poser in robes washed white by the blood of warmongering masters?
    Go ahead and blame the muslims, or blame the mexicans, or blame the martians, IDCare. But when it all comes to a head, the only person to blame is the one that allowed themself to be suckered and scammed and lead into a situation known as hell. All the donkeys and elephants in the world aren’t going to give a crud when it’s their stature as your monetary master versus your very survival.
    There’s only one thing you should be giving allegiance to, and that is you. A close second would be your wife and children but only because you are honor bound to raise and protect them as God would expect. Everyone else is a stranger.

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  16. mo ky fellowComment by mo ky fellow
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    PS: When I was in school in Salem, Missouri, I had to pass tests on both the Constitution of the State of Missouri and the Constitution of the United State to be permitted to graduate from High School.
    I wonder how many high schools in this nation even studies the constitutions, much less have to pass a test in order to graduate?

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  17. CelyComment by Cely
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    I’m fuming for all these happenings in our school system. So what are we bickering then? We just went through midterm election but look what happen with the Senate race. Reid is back although the other chamber changed. I believe the strength and influence of outsiders are stronger in politics and they’re going to help destroy this great nation.

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  18. ChewyBeesComment by ChewyBees
    November 10, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
    5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
    5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
    5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
    5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
    Your word is your word. Saying pledges doesn’t make it any more so. It breaks your bond between yourself and your creator…

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  19. NeoConsHateYourFreedomComment by NeoConsHateYourFreedom
    November 10, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson never heard of the Pledge of Allegiance, because it was written by a socialist flag salesman almost 120 years after this country was founded. Fact! Google Francis Bellamy.

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  20. ter334Comment by ter334
    November 10, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    I pledge allegiance to the party for which it stands–oops, bows. Or to the union, teacher’s or otherwise, and to more raises and perks for less work for which they stand.
    ++++++++++++
    Now the liberal or “democratic” party, soon to be like the communist party in Russia? That will be the day it will be THE party and not a party. And not that kind of party either!
    Golly, we have slipped and have been led down the path of self destruction as a nation.
    Then there is our faux prez issuing faux statements about the US.
    Obama: more effort needed to improve Muslim ties
    Iran says won’t discuss nuclear issue with big six
    ++++++++++++++
    Especially more effort by muslims.
    We are, in O’s mind, guilty of something and it is up to him to apologize and correct our “misdeeds”. Never mind there is no American Darfur, no American muhajeens, no American jihad to wipe Israel and the west off the face of the earth, or Iran either, no American 9-11, no American suicide bombers.
    This clearly illustrtes his bowing to the king of SA was no fluke since he is into a new round of bowing to muslim head’s of state!
    O maybe more anti-American than “Armageddon” o Iran.
    ++++
    From 11/09/10
    Obama says U.S. earnest, reaching out to Muslim world
    +++++++
    Nope. Obama should say he is earnest in reaching out. Based on the last election it is very clear that he does not speak for the U.S.. It is possible that he speaks with a forked tounge! There is not one shred of evidence that Islam is trying to reach out to anyone other than their view of God. Called allah by them. But not by the rest of the world! I am not reaching out to Islam because they offer nothing that is acceptable or needed. I do not need Islam to get to heaven! I have to follow the Commandments, not an ayatollah or Mo, who say, “be a suicide bomber to get to heaven”! Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life, not Mo! So I say no to Mo.
    Plus they are intolerant of other’s views and find them unacceptable so others must change, or else! We have an incredible array of religions in America, including Islam, while they make every effort to “purify” their countries by eliminating all other religions. First in country, then in the world! They even have a word for their intolerance. Jihad. Jihad does not mean peace!

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  21. MarcusComment by Marcus
    November 10, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    I’m baffled by the Oklahoma woman who was so upset at her son learning to say the Pledge of Allegiance as an exercise in Spanish class. In my high school French class, we learned to say the Pledge in French, and many years later I still remember “Je jure fidelite au drapeau des Etats Unis … ”
    As the school explained, it’s a valuable exercise for the students to learn the translation for something they are all familiar with. I think it’s commendable that they chose the Pledge of Allegiance instead of the “great writes” that Melissa Taggart says she would have preferred.
    I’m sure Melissa also insists on reading the Bible in the original English, too. :-)

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  22. celticwaryorComment by celticwaryor
    November 10, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    I like that idea! I have lots of chains and a powerful diesel to pull them with! The real trick will be getting the slippery slobs subdued and locked in! LOL

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  23. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    November 10, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

    Where I went to school any foreign language you took was an elective and was not forced on you. I think that is the point, freedom of choice. Yes I did take Spanish in 7th & 8th grade and was not required to say the pledge in Spanish. I took German in 9th through 11th grade and still did not have to say the pledge in German. In college I took French and we didn’t even say the pledge in English. For anyone who has gone to Mexico, they don’t speak the same Spanish we learned in school and they make fun of your accent. I have also been to Germany and France. When in France any time I tried to ask a question in French they would stop me and then speak English. I found out later that they didn’t like Americans bad accents and considered it insulting for you to speak their language. I suggest if they are going to force you to learn a language in school it should be a useful one such as Chinese. That will at least improve your chances to make more money.

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  24. carolajComment by carolaj
    November 10, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Bible in original English??? Excuse me, but it was originally written in Yiddish. Then the translating started and more and more translations. Then it was updated to make it “easier to understand the meaning”. Todays Bible has absolutely nothing to do with the words originally written by the prophets.

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  25. Jim PhillipsComment by Jim Phillips
    November 10, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

    Is is sickening to see how much patriotism as well as God is being removed from our country. In these days the miniorites and soon the illegal aliens seem to be running our country. The majority needs to be heard again!
    I’LL BET IF WE PUT THE DRAFT BACK INTO ACTION IT WOULD GENERATE MORE PATRIOTSIM.
    As for me, GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR MILITARY.

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  26. swooperComment by swooper
    November 10, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    That explains in part why home schooling is becoming more prevalent. But to deter this, I have read that there is a veiled attempt by government to illegalize home schooling.
    The reason is obvious: Government loses control of your kiddies who are home schooled. In the Soviet Union home schooling was prohibited; they took the kiddies for pre-school, and later grade school “orientation.” For good reason.
    Speaking of Spanish, I still remember a short poem in Spanish from my high school Spanish days in the 1940′s, that was then routinely recited by children in Spain:
    “Hay cinco cosas que quiero, cinco cosas que adore yo. Mis padres y bandero, mi escuela, mi pais y Dios.”
    Translated: “There are five things I love, five things I adore. My parents and flag, my school, my country and GOD”[my emphasis].
    Note the last word.

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  27. GOPUSA StaffComment by GOPUSA Staff
    November 10, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    M Werner, here is a link to what was reported today on the source you mentioned, WBEN.
    As it said in the article, some parents object to this practice, others support it, and the policy will not be changed.
    What you read above is a conservative opinion of the practice. Those who do not support the Pledge will differ.

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  28. mikeComment by mike
    November 10, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    This is that good old American teachers union at work for America.We need to abolish the teachers unions and restructure the educational system including eliminating the brick and mortar school system.The cost of teachers and buses,insurance and pensions will be eliminated…think of the savings.I would be interested to see how much higher the students learning and grades would be…we probably would see a significant increase in how well the students do.

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  29. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    November 10, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

    carolaj, the first version of the written Bible was in Hebrew not Yiddish. A few chapters of the books of Ezra and Daniel recorded in Aramaic. The Christian New Testament was written in the first century C.E. in the common Greek of the Mediterranean area and parts of the Middle East at the time. Then it was translated to Latin. It was much later it was translated to English. Carolaj you said “Todays Bible has absolutely nothing to do with the words originally written by the prophets.
    That is incorrect too. Yes there has been some changes but it pretty much remains the same. The only thing that I absolutely know was changed was the Ten Commandments. The six commandment originally said Thou shalt not murder, not the common repeated phrase “Thou shalt not kill”.

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  30. MarcusComment by Marcus
    November 10, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    carolaj, didn’t you see the :-) at the end of “I’m sure Melissa also insists on reading the Bible in the original English”? Obviously, I was being facetious. The point is that virtually every American who reads the Bible is reading a translation from the original languages, and no one seems exercised about that.
    Thanks to onewildman for the excellent information on the languages of the Bible. And, indeed, the Bible was not written in a Jewish dialect of German. LOL :-)

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  31. poorgrandchildren.comComment by poorgrandchildren.com
    November 10, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    Why do we continue to allow the existence of a virtual monopoly for the socialist (government owned) schools anyway? Try vouchers. Try freedom.

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  32. fedupComment by fedup
    November 10, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

    – To jcelko –
    You MISSED the entire point of the issue here! The Issue does not have to do with ANYTHING about mentioning GOD in the PLEDGE.
    Primarily, it has everything to do with PATRIOTISM and committment to this country. Of course these are character virtues that are lost on most liberals.
    Second, the issue is if the children can learn to recite in unison a 68 some-word ditty that deals with personal character that probably originates from the NEA and it’s minions, it’s a doggone good bet that the children CAN recite the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, half again as long.

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  33. PathfinderComment by Pathfinder
    November 10, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    That’s true liberalfascist–No one tells of the U.S. Government PAYING Mexico the 150 million that they asked for for the Southwest. Wy isn’t that in the history books? It was bought and payed for by the U.S. taxpayers of that times.

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  34. PathfinderComment by Pathfinder
    November 10, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

    The radicals of the 60′s are now in control of the government (liberals) and the school teachers. Heaven help us!

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  35. PathfinderComment by Pathfinder
    November 10, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

    Well said!

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  36. JDZComment by JDZ
    November 11, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    Any good marist or radical knows that if you want to “transform” or “convert” a population over to your theology or political perspective, you have to start with the children and begin a long term program of education, or what the communists used to call “brainwashing”.
    In this country, we have basically ignored what is going on inside of our educational systems and have let the teachers unions and other liberal minded activists decide the curriculum and teaching philosophies, and this has been going on for decades. We have gone away from teaching our children the basics built on historical experience and have gone to “new world” teaching concepts. As a result of this cavalier attitude of parents who have trusted the “system”, many of our kids are not learning basic writing, arithmetic, and reading skills at levels that are required to have a chance of competing for jobs and income within the system.
    The history curriculum is another problem in that we have allowed all kinds of interpretations of the nation’s history and the overall history of the world at large. How our kids see the country is biased tremendously by what they learn in school in the history classes they attend. If the teachers have an atheist, marxist, or some more radical view, then this is going to leak out regardless of the textbooks being used. So, it is both the texts and the teachers and the overall “delivery” system that is affecting the educational foundation of our children, which then, is the roots of change within the country.
    So when Obama talks education, he knows what he is doing because he realizes the power of gaining control of our children through our educational system, which then, over time will translate to the fundamental “transformation” of the country.

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  37. ron1Comment by ron1
    November 11, 2010 @ 10:43 am

    Sounds to me that George Soros and his crew are behind all of this.

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  38. CarmineComment by Carmine
    November 11, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    Sorry, but the Bible was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. Yiddish is in reality a bastardized form of low German. If you don’t believe me go to the Jewish section of New York City and ask the people who live there.

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  39. headacheComment by headache
    November 11, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

    As a veteran on this veterans day I would say to those who don’t respect our constitution and by-laws as set out by our founding fathersour may be able to find refuge in one of the socialist countries swcattered around th planet. As a veteran in my 80′s I havs spent most of my life protecting this country either in uniform or working in the defense industry to supply our troups. It is only fitting for th population of this great nation to respect the standards set out by our founding fathers. GOD BLES AMERICA

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  40. MonzaRacerComment by MonzaRacer
    November 11, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    First of all your wrong because the Bible tells us to honor our rulers/government/leaders and to pray for them.
    It also says to be true to your country and follow rules and laws and that swearing an allegiance to a flag and country that follows what our country started out, freedom, liberty, no bounds on our religion is NOT separating us from God. We are told to not worship anything but God, this doesnt mean we cant be true patriots and defenders of OUR country. We just should not break our religious beliefs/rules to maintain such.
    And I can take this from religious people I know and trust, not a silly person telling me to not fight for my country and trying to train young kids into LOVING and PRESERVING the place that does give them freedom and choice and a place to prosper.

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  41. jcelkoComment by jcelko
    November 11, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    I loved bobnip’s comment. Dr. Joseph Goebbels is the person responsible for the term “Volkswillens”, The Will of the People. The problem comes when people start to think that they are indiviuals with rights, and NOT part of bobnip’s Volksstaat.

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  42. Patriotic PattyComment by Patriotic Patty
    November 11, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

    The Pledge of Allegiance was part of a huge nationwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America – October 12, 1892. It is estimated that 12 million school children recited it for the first time on that day. Americans, at that time in history, were concerned that liberty might be lost for the next generation. Patriotism was lagging. The Industrial Revolution had changed America’s landscape. Some of the most violent and vicious labor strikes were plaquing the nation. And immigrant radicals who wanted to overthrow America and replace our system of gov’t with a socialist system were inciting riots whenever and wherever they could. Four years earlier (1888), James Upham created the “Schoolhouse Flag Movement” – an effort to place a new American flag in front of every school in America. He did this as a way to encourage patriotism in young children and unite the country.
    The original Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Some would argue the original Pledge had no reference to God and so, the current Pledge ought not have a reference to God. However, in the “Official Programme” sent to every school in America in 1892 included, just after reciting the Pledge, an “Acknowledgment of God: Prayer or Scripture”. In fact, there are numerous accounts of Scriptures read ALOUD INSIDE the public schools on that day. In Boston, Psalm 145 was read aloud in every classroom.
    In 1923 and 1924, the Pledge was edited to read: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” This was done to emphasize to immigrant children that they were pledging their allegiance to their adopted country, not their native homeland.
    In 1954, with the spectre of communism on the horizon, the U.S. Congress voted unanimously to add the phrase, “under God” to the Pledge. This was a direct statement to the world that America is unique in that its system of government is based on a belief in God. “The unbridgeable gap between America and Communist Russia is a belief in Almighty God,” stated Congressman Louis Rabaut (D-MI) in a speech to Congress after the vote.
    Although there is no hard evidence to prove it, I believe that most schools still recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each day. On November 2nd I was a poll watcher at a local middle school in an urban neighborhood and the Pledge was recited, in full, over the loud speaker in the morning. It was done very respectfully.
    There is tremendous concern that our liberty is again threatened like never before. I, too, have that concern. The Pledge of Allegiance is a cherished tradition that has become part of our national identity and should be respected as it is something that 1) unifies Americans and 2) reminds us of America’s ideals of liberty and justice for all. It reminds all Americans that we are a part of something bigger than our mere selves.
    If you would like to learn more about the history of the Pledge of Allegiance from a patriotic view point, I have a Facebook page called Save One Nation Under God. You can also visit my web site, http://www.theuspledge.com where you can order my book. I frequently speak on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance. You will be amazed at how much history you never learned in school. The history of the Pledge of Allegiance is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Spread the word! God bless America!

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