View Poll Results: Do you support this legislation?

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  • Yes, saying the pledge should be a priority

    3 11.54%
  • Yes, but let's tackle more important issues first

    8 30.77%
  • Doesn't matter to me one way or the other

    2 7.69%
  • No, I don't want my child to be programmed

    8 30.77%
  • There are schools that don't already recite the pledge???

    5 19.23%
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    Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    I stole this story from http://www.clickondetroit.com/educat...59/detail.html

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.wdiv.com
    Some School Officials Say Decision Should Be Left To Schools



    POSTED: 1:43 pm EST March 15, 2005


    LANSING, Mich. -- Public schools would be required to set aside time each day for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance under a bill unanimously approved Tuesday by the state Senate.



    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE



    'Under God' Out Of Pledge?
    Changes To Pledge
    U.S. Flag Through History
    Text Of Pledge Of Allegiance
    Senate Resolution On Pledge
    Print A Flag




    The legislation says students couldn't be forced to say the pledge if they or their parents objected.

    The bill passed the Senate on a 36-0 vote. Sen. Martha Scott, D-Highland Park, and Sen. Valde Garcia, R-Howell, were absent and didn't vote. The bill now goes to the House.

    Many schoolchildren in Michigan already recite the pledge, but some schools and teachers don't make time for it, said Republican Sen. Patricia Birkholz of Saugatuck, who sponsored the bill.

    "It's very important that our schoolchildren have time to remember what our country is built on," she said. "It's less than a 30-second reminder every day."

    Birkholz said veterans' groups and other nonprofit agencies are prepared to donate flags to classrooms that don't have them.

    Some school officials have said the matter should be left up to schools, not required by the Legislature.

    Similar legislation passed the Senate last session but died after the House amended it to let schools offer one of the following each school day: the pledge to the U.S. or Michigan flags, preamble to the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech or any of the Federalist papers.
    Personally, and I know many will be offended that I feel this way, I think there are much worse problems to worry about. Here we have groups willing to donate flags to schools that don't have them but wouldn't donate a book. While I think it's a good "ideal" to have every student recite the pledge daily, I think there are some real issues we need to tackle first and then get back to this.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    "Remind our children of what our country is built on"

    Right, like compulsion? I forgot that volition is what those damn communists like to talk about. We God-fearing Americans don't want us none of that there "violition" stuff. Chalk another one up for the "conservative" Republicans in power today. Waste your time on other things, rather than this tripe. I'm tired of these asinine "conservatives" legislating such utter nonsense and authoritarian garbage. Had I a child in Michigan, my ass would be in court tomorrow protesting this crap. You're really going to teach children to respect their country with this forced crap. Why not teach them history and let them make up their own minds? Oh, that's right, critical thought is evil and liberally indoctrinating.
    Last edited by Orangutan; 03-15-2005 at 07:04 PM.
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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    unanimously approved Tuesday by the state Senate.
    Yah, Orang, them's all conservative Repugs...

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    Remind our children of what our country is built on?

    Is it built on our right to be forced to do trivial tasks that I deem unneeded and a waste of time?


    Because I have to say it in my first class, and thats what I see it as. The school exercising their power over us in one more way, every single day.

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    It forces non-religious people or those who aren't Christian to say that it is "one nation under God". Other than that I don't think I care much, but when in other countries when they're taking some time to run through multiplication tables/doing algrabra/etc, our kids are reciting the same thing over and over again.

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    I do think it's a good idea, but I also think we've got other issues that should have a little higher priority. The thing I just don't get is why "under God" is such a huge issue. I have yet to see any argument why or how it coerces people to believe in a higher power. Does the mention of something seriously mean endorsement of?

    LeBraun James is in sports. If you apply the same logic of "under God" synonymous with coercing Christianity or other religion on someone, then my statement about LeBraun James must mean that I'm a fan of the guy. Guess what, I don't give a rip who that guy is.

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    The thing I just don't get is why "under God" is such a huge issue. I have yet to see any argument why or how it coerces people to believe in a higher power. Does the mention of something seriously mean endorsement of?
    Yes. You force people to state that they pledge their allegiance to a country ruled by or under the auspices of some "God", notice the capitalisation of the phrase. For those who don't believe in the Christian God ("conservative" Christians came up with the phrase, pushed for its inclusion, and continually push for it), it's ludicrous. Passing it off as "ceremonial deism" is just as asinine since Deism in and of itself is a religion. You ignore the millions of people who are athiests or don't believe in the concept of a "God" in the first place, even though they are religious.

    LeBraun James is in sports. If you apply the same logic of "under God" synonymous with coercing Christianity or other religion on someone, then my statement about LeBraun James must mean that I'm a fan of the guy. Guess what, I don't give a rip who that guy is.
    How is that even close to comparable? This country was not formed on Christianity nor is it ruled by divine mandate. I don't pledge my allegiance to a flag, either. If anything, I'll pledge my allegiance to the concepts upon which this country was built. If people really want a damn idol to worship, pick the Constitution. What the hell is a flag anyway? It's nothing. People who choose to value a country over principles are dangerous.
    Last edited by Orangutan; 03-15-2005 at 09:49 PM.
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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    hmm... yes, im all for recognizing the great US of A.. but honestly.. its not working for me. Im a junior in a high-school where the pledge is recited by the whole school at a preset time (i.e. teachers dont do it themselves) and to be honest.. its just this mindless "now stand for the pledge...i pledge a blah blah blah blah.. i'm not even sure i could recite it right now.. i would need to stand up with my whole class and mindless recite some bable a few times before the words really filtered throught. when you've been saying it since before you knew what America really meant its kind of hard to think of it as anything other than a stupid routine


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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    So under god was taken out? If so I see no prob what so ever with setting aside time for it.

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    Get rid of the "Under God", change it so that you pledge allegiance to the Constitution, and make it voluntary where people don't even have to stand, and I won't oppose it.
    Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
    Hmmmm........
    So, does this mean Michigan, believing in liberty and justice for all as they do, is going to be the next state to accept same-sex marriage? Or, is it going to be more of
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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert3
    "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
    Hmmmm........
    So, does this mean Michigan, believing in liberty and justice for all as they do, is going to be the next state to accept same-sex marriage? Or, is it going to be more of
    "Baaa, baaa, black sheep, have you any wool?
    Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full"...
    So by your understanding.... liberty and justice for "all" men who like to bang 15 year old consenting girls should be allowed. Or liberty to have 10 wives and have dozens of kids on the taxpayers welfare system should be allowed as well?

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew LB
    So by your understanding.... liberty and justice for "all" men who like to bang 15 year old consenting girls should be allowed. Or liberty to have 10 wives and have dozens of kids on the taxpayers welfare system should be allowed as well?

    i believe that is the translation if played backwards.

    "
    ..."lluf sgab eerht ,ris ,sey ,ris ,seY
    ?loow yna uoy evah ,peehs kcalb ,aaab ,aaaB"
    fo erom eb ot gniog ti si ,rO ?egairram xes-emas tpecca ot etats txen eht eb ot gniog si ,od yeht sa lla rof ecitsuj dna ytrebil ni gniveileb ,nagihciM naem siht seod ,oS
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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    You have away too much time on your hands....

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    Re: Bill Requiring Pledge Of Allegiance In School Passes

    So by your understanding.... liberty and justice for "all" men who like to bang 15 year old consenting girls should be allowed. Or liberty to have 10 wives and have dozens of kids on the taxpayers welfare system should be allowed as well?
    How I love your straw men, Andrew. They're always so...lax in their construction. Show me the bases for any of your post in Robert's post. You can do better than this poor fallacy.
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