August 24, 2016

“Dumbest thing I have ever read”: Florida students given Pledge of Allegiance exemption waiver

StaffRebel Columnist

A Florida man couldn't believe it when his niece brought home a waiver asking parents or guardians if they'd like their kids from being exempt from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at school.

The waiver read, “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.”

Micah Brienen shared the waiver on Facebook and commented “My niece brought this home from school today…What is happening to our country?!?”

Brienen’s sister-in-law returned the form with her daughter with the best response of all.

“This is the dumbest thing I have ever read and I am so ashamed of this,” she wrote.

Brienen has since followed up on the issue and has asked his friends to contact the school’s superintendent and remind him that he is up for reelection.

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commented 2016-08-26 01:49:36 -0400
Brine and daughter are idiots. No idea about the laws in their own state and country. Freedom-hater, hypocrite, and bully, who want to make little kids do something they would never would do: pledge every day at a time and place of the government’s choosing, on orders from a government official. (Can you imagine THAT outrage?)
commented 2016-08-26 00:41:26 -0400
No institution of learning should be encouraging it students to turn away in any way shape or form the allegiance to their country and from themselves to encourage more politicians to practice an overreach of power resulting in less freedoms for the people.
commented 2016-08-25 00:30:25 -0400
Up until 1989 it was illegal in the US to burn the flag in protest. However as I had said in my previous post it is still not legal to burn the flag out on the street in public. You could find yourself charged with a multiple of violations and I hope the whole book.
If you must burn it the only legal way is in an approved burn container and not down on Main street like a Black Lives Matter asshole.
commented 2016-08-24 18:24:22 -0400
And again, these America haters hang on like leeches instead of taking their sorry carcasses on the road to some place better, like,say North Korea. Or Calormen.
commented 2016-08-24 16:57:56 -0400
And follow-up to your comment, Evelyn… Of course there are limitations to some of our freedoms (i.e. yelling “fire” in a movie theater, or restrictions on what kinds of guns you can own…hotly debated), but this is not one of them. It is unconstitutional to force a person to pledge an oath against their will.
commented 2016-08-24 16:50:53 -0400
Evelyn, the Constitution puts limits on our government, and its officials (high or petty), not its citizens. So no, it’s not a good example of your point. The SCOTUS case I quoted put limitations of officials who would attempt to limit the free speech rights of citizens.
commented 2016-08-24 16:40:08 -0400
Good example of my point. Apparently you quote, “no official, high or petty, can prescribe (i.e. has the freedom to prescribe) what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein." But how can we put such limitations on officials if this is a “Free Country.” Because Freedom in any sane society demands limitations.
commented 2016-08-24 16:27:22 -0400
Also, since flag burning was brought up (and this is in no way an endorsement of flag burning), it is in fact legal to burn an American flag. That is also a protected 1st amendment right, and has been for some time now. There are restrictions, of course, but if done in a certain manner, is completely legal. The United States Supreme Court in Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989), and reaffirmed in U.S. v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990), has ruled that due to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, it is unconstitutional for a government (whether federal, state, or municipality) to prohibit the desecration of a flag, due to its status as “symbolic speech.” However, content-neutral restrictions may still be imposed to regulate the time, place, and manner of such expression. And if the flag that was burned was someone else’s property (as it was in the Johnson case, as Johnson had stolen the flag from a Texas bank’s flagpole), they could be charged with petty larceny (a flag usually sells at retail for less than USD 20), or with destruction of private property, or possibly both.
commented 2016-08-24 16:19:08 -0400
I don’t know where some of you got the idea that reciting the pledge is mandatory. It’s not, and hasn’t been since 1943.

Civics 101… It was decided by the SCOTUS in 1943 that forcing students to recite the pledge against their will violates the 1st amendment freedom of speech clause. ANYONE can choose to opt out for any reason they choose. West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette is the case, for anyone interested in learning more about their 1st amendment rights. “[i]f there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”
commented 2016-08-24 16:07:07 -0400
Civics, 101
A common mistake made by many in the country (and regretfully some in positions of authority) is to presume that the word “free” in “freedom of the press”, or “freedom of speech” or in your case “a free country”, means that citizens of a country can do, say or behave any way they want, with no restrictions. And of course it doesn’t mean that at all, and it never has.

It may seem ironic or contradictory, but True Freedom has to have boundaries or limitations. Knowing what these limits are, each individual then has the freedom to do whatever he or she wants, or say whatever they wish, but within the prescribed limitations. If not? . . the result is always eventual chaos.
commented 2016-08-24 14:42:26 -0400
the elitists are getting America ready for Islam. Very slowly but it’s ongoing
commented 2016-08-24 14:09:42 -0400
In the US the Pledge of Allegiance is sacrosanct. If you do not recite it you do not become a citizen, unlike Canada where anyone can cite any objections and receive an exemption. That is why the US is the land of the strong and the home of the brave while Canada remains the land of the timid and the home of the ashamed.
commented 2016-08-24 13:57:45 -0400
If it wasn’t for people that made that same pledge, in both countries, there would be no “free” country. Feel free to thank an oath keeper, for if it wasn’t for us, you wouldn’t be allowed to spout your bullshit.
commented 2016-08-24 13:29:21 -0400
JIMMY REECE ; nobody in the US or Canada has the right to break the law. Burning the flag is against the law. It is government property and is also called arson, public nuisance, vandalism, you name it. Go ahead and take your dollar store bought flag and burn it in a proper approved fire pit or fire place or burner. But not out on the street like an asshole.
commented 2016-08-24 13:25:04 -0400
Of course. Pledging allegiance means you don’t have a right to light the American Flag on fire and stomp all over it, it means you have to abide by the Constitution and support it like the 2nd amendment and freedom of speach, it means that when you see tyranny on the part of your own government you need to resist it, etc etc. What else would you expect from the tyrant that sits in the oval office today?
commented 2016-08-24 13:22:55 -0400
It’s a free country, stupid – no one should be forced to recite the pledge or say the lord’s prayer. In fact, people should be allowed to burn the flag if they want.