Pledge of Allegiance

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She Rejected the Pledge in Class. Now, a $90K Settlement

Mari Oliver says Texas high school teachers pressured her to say, write pledge of allegiance

(Newser) - It's not uncommon for kids to raise complaints of bullying in school—but one former Texas high school student claimed the bullying came from teachers as well as fellow students. Now, Mari Oliver has settled a federal lawsuit brought against her one-time sociology teacher for $90,000 after alleging...

Trump: Democrats Altered the Pledge of Allegiance

But that doesn't quite hold water on closer inspection

(Newser) - President Trump is accusing the Democrats of taking God out of the Pledge of Allegiance at their national convention—but the AP reports that he's "distorting" what happened. "The Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention," Trump...

6th-Grader Arrested After Dispute Over Pledge

Officials say dispute with teacher escalated

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy in Florida who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance ended up in a juvenile detention center after the situation escalated, authorities say. Polk County Public Schools spokesman Kyle Kennedy says the sixth-grader at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, who disobeyed a substitute teacher's...

Texas AG Pushes Back on Teen's Suit Over Pledge

It's an unusual move for an attorney general to make, the expelled girl's lawyer says

(Newser) - A black teen's lawsuit against a Texas school district over her refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance has spurred what her lawyer calls a "rare" move from the state's attorney general. The BBC reports on how India Landry, now 18, was expelled last October from...

Town Divided Over Official Who Kneels During Pledge

Melissa Schlag of Connecticut is protesting President Trump's policies

(Newser) - A town official opposed to President Trump's policies took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance at a tense meeting packed with more than 100 people, dividing community residents in Haddam, Conn., the AP reports. Haddam Selectwoman Melissa Schlag faced jeers while she kneeled during the pledge on Monday...

For Years She Sat During the Pledge. A Principal Ended That

Now mom of high school senior India Landry is suing, saying First Amendment rights are violated

(Newser) - "This isn't the NFL." That's what a Houston teen tells KHOU she was told right before she was booted from school for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. India Landry, a senior at Windfern High School, says she was in the principal's office...

Teacher on Leave Over Reaction to Student's Pledge Protest

'The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair'

(Newser) - A Michigan teacher is on leave over allegations she got physical with a sixth-grade student over his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, the Detroit News reports. In a Facebook post , Brian Chaney says his son Stone was "violently snatched from his chair" by a teacher Sept....

Teens Sat for the Pledge of Allegiance. Their Grades Suffered

Lake County district says it is 'dealing' with teacher

(Newser) - Since the start of the school year, Leilani Thomas and a friend have chosen not to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at California's Lower Lake High School and seemingly faced no repercussions. Then came last Friday. Leilani—who is Native American and says the American flag represents the...

After Kaepernick's Stand, His Jerseys Burn
After Kaepernick's Stand,
His Jerseys Burn
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After Kaepernick's Stand, His Jerseys Burn

Which one writer thinks is pretty silly

(Newser) - San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick declined to stand for the national anthem on Friday rather than "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people." An "incredible backlash" was predicted , and has followed. The latest:
  • The backlash isn't coming from the 49ers,

NY School Sorry for Arabic Pledge of Allegiance

People who lost relatives in Afghanistan complained

(Newser) - A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district residents. The pledge was read in Arabic during Wednesday morning announcements at Pine Bush High School, 65 miles northwest of New York City. Some students were angered and responded with...

Case Against 'Under God' Heads to Top Mass. Court

They will be 'making new law' in Pledge case, plaintiffs say

(Newser) - The Massachusetts Supreme Court has agreed to hear what could be a landmark case against the Pledge of Allegiance. A family of secular humanists are arguing that the phrase "under God" in the pledge violates the state's constitutional ban on religious discrimination, the Religion News Service explains. A...

Group Fighting to Ban Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

It has no educational value and is reminiscent of McCarthyism, group argues

(Newser) - The Pledge of Allegiance has no educational value, an activist group insists, and thus has no place being recited in schools. As such, Brookline PAX is pushing a resolution that would ban the pledge in Brookline schools, the Boston Globe reports. Technically, reciting the pledge is voluntary, but the group’...

NBC Slammed for Dropping 'Under God' From Pledge

Network issues apology amid Twitter fuss

(Newser) - NBC sparked a furor on Twitter after it omitted the words “under God” from of the Pledge of Allegiance during its US Open coverage—twice. In the pre-taped segment, kids recited the pledge as patriotic images appeared on screen. The first time, the words “under God” and “...

Attorney Jailed for Not Reciting Pledge of Allegiance

Mississippi judge locks up David Lampley for contempt

(Newser) - Not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance when ordered can land a defiant attorney in jail in the courtroom of Mississippi Judge Talmadge Littlejohn. Attorney David Lampley spent 5 hours behind bars for contempt of court yesterday after not reciting the pledge, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports. Witnesses said the...

Court Upholds 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

It also says 'In God We Trust' is fine on money

(Newser) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco today upheld the use of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and "In God We Trust" on US currency. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected two legal challenges by Sacramento atheist Michael Newdow, who claimed...

It's Un-American to Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

We aren't medieval subjects serving feudal lords and kings

(Newser) - Americans everywhere ought to applaud 10-year-old Will Phillips, who told his teacher to "go jump off a bridge" after doing what we all should do: criticizing the Pledge of Allegiance. Phillips argued that because gay marriage isn’t legal, there isn’t “liberty and justice for all”—...

McCain Has 20-Name Veep List
 McCain Has 20-Name Veep List 

McCain Has 20-Name Veep List

Candidate talks up undisciplined youth at Naval Academy

(Newser) - John McCain revealed today that he has a list of 20 people he’s considering for runningmate, and that he’d like to settle on a ticket “as early as possible.” The future Republican nominee joked he was “aware of the enhanced importance of this issue given...

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