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  1. Are You Proud? Or Ashamed? This kid got an A+ for this paper BY A 15 yr. OLD SCHOOL KID who got an A+ for this entry (TOTALLY AWESOME)! Since the Pledge of Allegiance And The Lord's Prayer Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore Because the word God is mentioned..... A kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer: "New Pledge of Allegiance" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd. If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now. Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.. The law is specific, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice. For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all.. In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the state. We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks... They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable. We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the unwed daddy,' our Senior King. It's inappropriate to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such judgment's do not belong.. We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles ... But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd. It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please take! Amen If you aren't ashamed to do this, Please pass this on.. Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father." ????????
  2. An Albany-area mother says her daughter was physically forced to stand and put her hand on her chest by a teacher during the pledge of allegiance, and that the school has not handled the matter appropriately. What happened? Erin Moore's 6-year-old daughter attends Southgate Elementary School in the North Colonie Central School District. She told WRGB-TV that a substitute teacher physically forced her daughter to stand and grabbed her hand and put it on her chest when she saw the girl not participating in the pledge. The girl, who does not stand for the pledge for religious reasons, tried to explain to the substitute, but the teacher said "when she's there, she will do the pledge," according to Moore. Why is the mom upset? Besides the fact that a teacher physically forced her daughter to do something, Moore and her family are Jehovah's Witnesses. "By putting God first we don't participate in the pledge. We don't bow to idols, so we consider it idolatry," Moore explained. "It was a violation of our rights to worship God the way we want." The girl's regular teacher is aware of her religious beliefs, but Moore says there's no excuse for the sub's behavior. She is demanding the teacher apologize, and she wants the school to document what happened. She has also contacted police. How has the school responded? According to Moore, all she's heard from the school is a verbal confirmation that this won't happen again. Joseph Corr, Superintendent of North Colonie Schools, tried to excuse the teacher involved by saying she was just trying to show the student how to stand for the pledge, according to WRGB. The district has refused to comment on whether the teacher will face any reprimands. http://www.newyorkupstate.com/albany/2017/11/upstate_ny_mom_teacher_physically_forced_daughter_to_stand_for_the_pledge.html
  3. Woman Jehovah's Witness claims against the outcome of a trial in the USA. After a trial in which a jury awarded only $ 30,750 to a plaintiff in a car accident that sued almost $ 250,000 on medical bills, his lawyers are looking for a new trial claiming that juries were prejudiced against her because He recited a promise of loyalty. The woman is Jehovah's witness, whose religious beliefs prohibit reciting the promise, said his lawyer Michael Goldberg. He added that the defence counsel during the closing arguments made a point of pointing out that "some of us do the oath of allegiance". "we knew that it was a case of difficult causation that would give rise to the credibility of the applicant and would worry about how it would be perceived because she is a Jehovah's witness", he said by e-mail. "we spent most of the see, asking the members of the jury for their feelings towards Jehovah's witnesses, and as expected, many people had negative feelings towards them". "our client could not make a commitment because of his religious beliefs and was the only one in the courtroom who did not participate", said Goldberg, who tried the case with fried Rogers Goldberg Partner Eric Rogers. " Unfortunately, that left the jury with the feeling that our client was " Not American ". http://www.dailyreportonline.com/id=1202794812661/Motion-Jehovahs-Witness-Refusal-to-Recite-Pledge-of-Allegiance-Biased-Jurors
  4. Indiana woman Jamie Porter claimed her first-grader son was punished for refusing to say the pledge of allegiance. Now she is suing the teacher and principal allegedly responsible. The complaint, obtained by Fox 59, said the incident happened in March. Fuqua Elementary School teacher Kelly McFarland allegedly sent the boy to the principal’s office because he stayed seated during the pledge. Asked why he didn’t recite it, he said that “he was doing it to protest the government of the United States, as it was racist, greedy and does not care about people,” the lawsuit stated. Later, Principal Mary Beth Harris‘ office allegedly made him practice reciting the pledge. He and his mother now seek damages after he disliked the way school officials treated him. He was also still mourning after his father recently passed away, the lawsuit said. LawNewz.com reached out to McFarland and Harris for comment, and will update when they respond. The Vigo County School Corporation, a public school district, has not been sued. Case law on this sort of allegation remains very clear: officials cannot make students say the pledge. Doing so violates kids’ First Amendment rights. This dates back to the 1943 Supreme Court case West Virginia v. Barnette. They voted 6-3 on behalf of several students, all of whom were Jehovah’s Witnesses refusing to stand for the pledge on religious grounds. Justice Robert H. Jackson said the government, including school officials, couldn’t force people to say things they don’t mean: To sustain the compulsory flag salute, we are required to say that a Bill of Rights which guards the individual’s right to speak his own mind left it open to public authorities to compel him to utter what is not in his mind. http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/first-grader-punished-for-refusing-to-say-pledge-of-allegiance-lawsuit-says/
  5. By Sophia Rosenbaum, NBC News A family in suburban Boston hopes to change the phrasing of the Pledge of Allegiance to remove two words they claim violate students' rights. The family is challenging the pledge, which students recite daily in U.S. public schools, claiming the words "under God" violate the state's equal rights laws. The plaintiffs, who have requested anonymity through their lawyers, are taking an unconventional approach to challenging the pledge. Past cases argued the words “under God” violated the Constitution’s separation of church and state. Congress added “under God” to the pledge in 1954. This case, however, makes a different argument. David Niose, former president of the American Humanist Association, and the plaintiffs' representative, opened his arguments Wednesday saying the pledge’s use of “under God” violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution and is an issue of discrimination. Niose said the pledge’s repetitiveness in the public school system is indoctrinating and alienating to atheists. “It validates believers as good patriots and it invalidates atheists as non-believers at best and unpatriotic at worst,” he said. Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, intervened on behalf of a family in the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, the defendant in the case, who would like to have their child continue reciting the pledge as it is presently written. “Most people do not view reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as saying a prayer,” Rassbach said. “It would be terrible to enshrine in the law this kind of allergy to God that the plaintiffs have.” Rassbach added that it has been illegal to force someone recite the pledge since 1943. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court case West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette ruled that students could not be forced to salute the American flag or say the pledge in school. It was considered a huge victory for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who cannot salute or pledge to symbols, according to their religious beliefs. Both Noise and Rassbach said a decision will likely come within six months. Since this case is an appeal, there is no testimony and the panel of seven Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court judges will decide the case based on court briefs. Rassbach is worried that if the state Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, the case would spur copycat lawsuits in other states with similar equal rights’ laws. “If they succeed in their goals here,” he said, “they will attempt to replicate it elsewhere.” SURVEY Do you think the words “under God” should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance? Yes 94% No 6% Total Votes: 694,474 http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/04/20327848-pledge-of-allegiance-challenged-in-massachusetts-supreme-court?lite - Supplied via a Brother in London,UK
  6. In a 6-to-3 decision, the Court overruled its decision in Minersville School District v. Gobitis and held that compelling public schoolchildren to salute the flag was unconstitutional. The Court found that salutes of the type mandated by the West Virginia State Board of Education were forms of utterance and thus were a means of communicating ideas. "Compulsory unification of opinion," the Court held, was doomed to failure and was antithetical to the values set forth in the First Amendment. Writing for the majority, Justice Jackson argued that "f there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein." To underscore its decision, the Supreme Court announced it on Flag Day.
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