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Pledge of Allegiance

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

Laura Ingraham Equates Arabic Speakers To Skinheads In Pledge Of Allegiance Rant

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media

America may be a melting pot, a cultural mosaic full of different languages, religions and ethnicities, but God forbid if the Pledge of Allegiance is ...

NY School Gets Heat For Reciting Pledge Of Allegiance In Arabic

AP | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

PINE BUSH, N.Y. (AP) -- A school in upstate New York has apologized for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic after complaints from district res...

Judge Hearing Lawsuit Over Pledge Of Allegiance's 'Under God'

AP | DAVID PORTER | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Attorneys offered contrasting interpretations of the Pledge of Allegiance during oral arguments Wednesday in a New Jersey fami...

4-Year-Old Has Her Own Take On the Pledge Of Allegiance

Lori Day | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

My adorable almost-4-year-old cousin-twice-removed -- hope I got that right! -- is learning the Pledge of Allegiance in pre-Kindergarten. Her teacher is helping the class prepare for the year ahead, and Elise is working really hard to get the words right.

School Apologizes After Atheist Student 'Intimidated' Into Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Officials at a Southern California high school have apologized after an atheist student was pressured to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance against hi...

Act Patriotically to Fix the Pledge

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Reciting the pledge can certainly be a patriotic act, but so can fighting against religious intrusion into our government.

Reframing the Debate Over the Pledge of Allegiance: Make God Optional

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Battles over the Pledge have resulted in multiple acrimonious lawsuits and disputes, with no change to the law, only increasing resentment and hostility on both sides of the dispute. It's time to reframe the debate.

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker & Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Just in case you want to be *that* person.

Pledge Of Allegiance In Public Schools Doesn't Discriminate Against Atheists, Court Says

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not discriminate against atheis...

Religion and Politics Do Mix

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during i...

Bob Greene Ignores the Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we should remind ourselves that it was written by a socialist who believed that "liberty and justice for all" meant more equality and a stronger democracy.

Make Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance Mandatory as an Educational Tool

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Steven Kurlander

Making students stand up and say the pledge each morning is not a jingoistic act of American imperialism or a violation of a student's rights, as some would argue. It's simply a statement of patriotism.

Pennsylvania School Demands Students Keep Using Racial Slur

Adam Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Adam Goldstein

What happens next? Presumably, either the school will see reason or they'll put the students in a position where they'll have to pursue legal options to defend their rights.

Teacher Suspended For Making Student Say The Pledge Of Allegiance

AP | By JENNIFER KAY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A fourth-grade teacher in Florida has returned to the classroom after a suspension for requiring one of her students, a Jehovah's Witne...

School's Pledge Of Allegiance Canceled Because... Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.16.2013 | Parents

A high school principal in Nebraska called off the Pledge of Allegiance last week, citing the government shutdown as his reason for doing so. Pat ...

WATCH: Fox News Host Is 'Tired Of Atheists'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion

Freedom of belief doesn't appear to be important to Fox News host Dana Perino, who suggested that if atheists don't like having "under God" in the Ple...

Pledge Of Allegiance Banned For Religious Reasons?

Religion News Service | Jeffrey Macdonald | Posted 09.05.2013 | Religion

BOSTON (RNS) Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they heard a challenge ...

Pledge Of Allegiance Challenge Heard In State Court

AP | DENISE LAVOIE | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- A family asked Massachusetts' highest court Wednesday to ban the daily practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, argu...

Atheists Sue School Over Pledge Of Allegiance Issue In Massachusetts

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday (Sept. 4) will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of s...

GOP Hill Intern Just Wants To Share His Love Of The Pledge Of Allegiance (Possibly In Exchange For Party Invites)

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

A Capitol Hill staffer forwards this intern's widely circulated email to HuffPost Hill, noting that she feels "morally obligated to share." Thank you....

Part II: One Nation Under God -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.03.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

I am an American and the descendant of slaves. One of them was the first African-American invited as a guest into the White House. His name was Frederick Douglass. I am also a descendant of a man who led the South's Confederate troops during the Civil War. His name was General Robert E. Lee.

Eyebrow-Raising Omission in Republican Principles: Absence of 'Justice'

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Could it be -- and I know this is difficult to believe -- that the right-wing really does not believe in all our founding principles?

High School Student Refuses To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

Posted 04.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Enidris Siurano Rodríguez may only be in 10th grade, but she knows if she wants to make a change, she has to stand… or in this case, sit for it. ...

True Change Requires More Than Belting out the National Anthem

Andy Ostroy | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Americans, in time of such great tragedy, can be truly awe-inspiring in their unity and resolve. But is that enough? Is it enough to belt out the national anthem for a few days and then return to business as usual?