Looks like the first lawsuit over Texas’ law mandating pledge recital by school children in that state has spawned it’s first lawsuit.
ABILENE (AP) — An Abilene family is fighting against the Pledge of Allegiance—over the phrase “under God.” In February, an 11-year-old girl refused to say the pledge with the phrase in class. A substitute teacher told the girl she’d no right to live in America. The girl’s father decided to file a lawsuit in Taylor County against the current Abilene school superintendent, the school district, the state of Texas, the U-S Congress and President Bush. The suit seeks no monetary damages, but does seek removing “in God we trust” from money, to rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance without the phrase “under God”—and to forbid teaching theology in public schools. The Abilene school district says they’re simply following the law. The district hasn’t been served with papers and a court date hasn’t been set yet. Senate Bill 83 went into effect on September First and mandates that public schools have the pledge to the United States and Texas flags and a moment of silence.
See that bit I highlighted? It’s exactly why I have a problem with laws that try to force patriotism and religion down the throats of our kids. Every time someone wants a law like Texas’ pledge law they try to overcome objections to it by putting in a clause that allows people who don’t wish to participate to not do so. The argument being that no one is “forced” to participate. Invariably you end up with some asshole like the substitute teacher in the above article who takes it upon themselves to berate and insult anyone who takes advantage of that clause to not participate as being un-American.
That doesn’t promote patriotism. It breeds resentment and distrust of one’s government. Something you’d think you’d want to take steps to reduce, not promote.