A Detroit teacher is forced onto leave now because she forced a student to stand for the class’ routine recital of our Pledge of Allegiance. Used to be, such disrespect was handled in exactly this way, and quite properly so.
The boy actually had a good reason, though, even if he misunderstood what the pledge of allegiance is about:
God said don’t worship anything other than me, don’t worship any idols, and pledging to a flag would kind of be like worshiping it[.]
It’s certainly true that our pledge opens with a pledge of allegiance to our flag, then moving on to our Republic. However, it’s no violation of God’s injunction to have no other gods before him, nor is it a violation of His injunction to worship no graven images.
The pledge demands no worship, only loyalty, allegiance, to our nation. The flag is no graven image; it’s a symbol of our nation—for which it stands—not of any god.
This is a missed teaching opportunity. It was missed by the teacher, who was inarticulate in this particular moment, and it was missed by a stupefying margin by the school’s administration, which plainly doesn’t even understand the question.
This also is an illustration of the shabby condition of our public schools today.