Would you believe a school in Minnesota suspended three eighth graders for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? Outrageous. The pledge is ridiculous to begin with and replaces conscientious thought with blind obedience, and I think it ought to be rejected everywhere, but to punish students for refusing to kowtow to McCarthyite relics is absurd.
Greg Laden wants us to crash this poll. It’s a bit redundant, fortunately, since the forces of reason are already leading, but let’s tip it farther.
Here’s the silly poll:
Did school officials react properly to the students who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance?
- Yes, but the punishment should have been more severe.
- Yes, a one-day, in-school suspension is about right.
- No, they should have been given a warning first.
- No, they shouldn’t be required to stand.