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Friday, September 28, 2007

Aren't They Cute When They're Melodramatic?

Colorado Students Walk Out During Pledge, Recite Own Version
BOULDER, Colo. — About 50 Boulder High School students walked out of class Thursday to protest the daily reading of the Pledge of Allegiance and recited their own version, omitting "one nation, under God."

The students say the phrase violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

They also say the daily reading of the pledge over the school public address system at the start of the second class takes away from education time and is ignored or mocked by some students.

A state law passed in 2004 requires schools to offer the opportunity to recite the pledge each day but does not require students to participate.
One student, Emma Martens, said this: "We didn't think it was fair for the whole school to have to listen to it. It's almost religious oppression..." [emphasis mine: QC]

Oh my goodness; I can't stop laughing at an American High School student claiming "religious oppression." Oppression for goodness sake! Honey, oppression isn't being denied the use of the car to go to mall for a big sale; oppression isn't failing to make the cheerleading squad; and it certainly isn't having to listen to someone read the Pledge of Allegiance to your nation over the PA system without even being required to say it along with them.

Were we ever that young and naive? Surely not!

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