So Amaya forwards me this email and after my WTF? moment, I sent a very simply reply: "Naturally, I disagree."
Have a gander.
Pledge of Allegiance: Should we Stand with Americans who Accepted us in their Country with Respect?*This strikes me merely as misguided house Negrospeak. I mean, how come he didn't ask the kids the reason for their refusal? What kind of teacher neglects that crucial little tidbit, huh?
January 26, 2011
I am not a politician, an American, a historian; I am an educator determined to promote the best and discourage the worst. I am also determined to give to America what belongs to America, to individuals what belongs to them, and to God what belongs to Him. From this perspective, I have decided to stand against the following:
At this moment, whenever the Pledge of Allegiance is said, only 20% of my students stand up for the following reason. At the beginning of 2010-2011 school year, one of my students refused to stand up when I asked all the students to stand up for the Flag of the United States. I insisted that he stood up the second day, he refused. I asked some colleagues what I could do, but I was told students who don’t want to stand, I could not force them.
Well, today, between 5 to 20% of my students stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance, and I strongly believe this is unacceptable. Therefore I have to speak up.
In my opinion, even though we are not in a Communist or dictatorial country, everyone living in the United States of America should respect the American flag the same way he/she is given respect in this country.
For me, Americans have promised to be true to the United States of America and have given everyone the prerogatives of freedom they won under the flag of the United States during and after the American Revolution. This patriotic intention should not be, in my opinion, desecrated by anyone.
This wouldn’t have been possible if Americans did not pledge allegiance to their flag, the symbol of their country.
For me, all the 50 states were joined to make a republic where representatives make laws of the people, by the people and for the people.
This patriotic concept wouldn’t have been possible without allegiance to the flag which represent the United States.
For me, the United States will never be a single country without accepting a single flag under which millions of Americans have written their history with their own blood. This God-given spirited sacrifice would never have been possible without a cause, without the people believing in a supreme being, and without the indivisibility that binds Americans.
For me, the ideas of freedom and justice cherished by millions of people who continue to rain in this country, for many reasons, cannot have any meaning if people who come to this country do not promise to be true to the United States of America. According to Teresa L. Deppner and Ted Philyaw of the United States District Court of West Virginia, “No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America….., and Aliens should stand at attention.”
I approve their assessment, what do you think? Isn’t it time that a debate should start as to why people should respect the United States and its institutions? If you allow someone to do unlawful things, they will abuse you and everyone. May God prevent lawyers from making this nation a Towel of Babel! Amen.
*What is this "respect" Mr. Haba refers to?