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The American Flag Is 'Offensive' in Schools Now
American Thinker ^ | May 16, 2011 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 05/16/2011 8:20:38 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer

Increasingly, it seems that the American flag is joining toy guns and dodgeball on the banned-from-school list. And the latest story on this front involves The Butterfield Elementary in Orange, Massachusetts, where a teacher told an eleven-year-old boy that he may not hang his depiction of Old Glory because it might "offend" another student.

The boy, Frankie Girard, had drawn the picture in art class but then found that his teacher didn't share his patriotism. Says his father, John, "He was denied hanging the flag up. And he asked if he could just even hang it on his desk, and he was told no. He could take the picture that he drew and take it home and be proud of it there."

I guess patriotism has joined piety as a "private matter." (Leftists tend to confuse closets with shelves. Everything that should be in the former, they display; everything that should be on the latter, they hide.)

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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KEYWORDS: bloat; butterfield; cw2; democrats; flag; liberalfascism; liberals; offensive; progressives; school; stockpilesong
I like the way this author holds the liberals' feet to the fire later in the piece.
1 posted on 05/16/2011 8:20:45 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

I guess they don’t want “American” tax dollars to pay for their schools, their salaries, their health insurance, and their fat pensions either.


2 posted on 05/16/2011 8:22:50 AM PDT by No Socialist
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To: Paladins Prayer

Wow. This story has been going all week. Next time teacher, just smack him when he is not doing his work and drawing a picture instead. lol. Sorry but this story is so distorted in so many ways.


3 posted on 05/16/2011 8:24:20 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Paladins Prayer

“Resolved, that we will in no circumstances fight for King and Country.” -1933, the Oxford Student Union, Oxford College, Oxford, England


4 posted on 05/16/2011 8:27:47 AM PDT by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Liberal Amerikan schools??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C1IV00LLDQ&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5Va0b0tL1M&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojxtz-9vSr8&feature=related


5 posted on 05/16/2011 8:39:23 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN

They hate America so much, but they want all the third world immigrants to come to this terrible land.

Yet, I confess: I may not be as patriotic as I used to be. My conservatism, and I am generally conservative on most key issues, has always been based on my love of country.

I am not doing too well right now, personally, but I still love this land and I know things can still get better for me here, MORE than anywhere in the world.

But sometimes I look at some of the people who are in this country, the ones the liberals just love, and I do say to myself, This is NOT my country anymore.


6 posted on 05/16/2011 8:40:44 AM PDT by NEW YORKCITYGOPMAN ('he who creates something worthwhile, never dies.'')
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To: napscoordinator

I agree. It is out of control. Seems like one version of the story last week was that the problem was, the kid had drawn the flag while he was supposed to be doing some other work. If so, then he’s lucky the teacher didn’t take the picture away from him and tear it up in his face.


7 posted on 05/16/2011 8:49:10 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: No Socialist
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8 posted on 05/16/2011 9:11:09 AM PDT by mdel747
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To: Paladins Prayer

While the piece was a fun read, this story is stupid. The kid was goofing off and drawing instead of doing whatever work he was supposed to be doing.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 9:18:02 AM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: napscoordinator

the kid was in an ART class.

i guess they’re only allowed to draw ‘approved’ pictures now

if he was drawing descriptions of fisting, as per the lessons taught via the state funded FISTGATE program, i’m sure the teacher would have been fine with it


10 posted on 05/16/2011 9:20:02 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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We wish it grew there

11 posted on 05/16/2011 9:47:17 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: No Socialist

Oh, no — they LOVE American taxpayer dollars ...they’ll take those anyday.

The worst sort of human beings on the planet ..those that live in a country, take advantage of all it has to offer, live well on the backs of its patriots, yet spit on its symbolism, it’s ideals, and trash it verbally every chance they get. I don’t understand how anyone can be this vile.


12 posted on 05/16/2011 9:53:56 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: whattajoke

Did you actually READ that article, or did you quit when you got to the excuses the principal was making up along the way?

A**holes like this teacher and principal are why I hated art class with every inch of my being when I was in school.

The only class I hated more was P.E. With every ounce of my 135 lbs.


13 posted on 05/16/2011 9:56:42 AM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

What is NOT being said is that according to the principal, the boy was drawing at a time when he should have been doing something else.

If that is the case. If the boy was in fact drawing when he should have been doing something else, then moral hazzard applies here. The boy should not be rewarded or encouraged to disobey the teacher (not working on the assigned task).


14 posted on 05/16/2011 10:05:06 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: whattajoke

You folks need to read the article. The boy was in ART class, so it’s not surprising that he would be drawing something. So I think it’s likely that what the administrator said is just a cop-out.

Anyway, the author also pointed out that if the kid broke rules, you punish the kid, not the flag. You don’t say that he can’t display the flag because it’s ‘offensive.’


15 posted on 05/16/2011 10:16:37 AM PDT by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

How ‘bout a nice Parent/Teacher conference???

“Nice” being rather vague...


16 posted on 05/16/2011 10:18:22 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Paladins Prayer

Orange Elementary School DistrictMay 6, 2011 ... Superintendent of Schools. Orange Elementary School District. 131 West Main Street. Orange, Massachusetts 01364. 978-544-6763 ...
www.Orange-elem.org/ - Cached - Similar 131 W Main St # 1-G, Orange
(978) 544-3450


17 posted on 05/16/2011 10:23:17 AM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Art - now if he drew a portrait of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Kim Il Sung, Ho Chi Minh, or a revolutionary holding a red flag with the perquisite slogans, that would be OK.


18 posted on 05/16/2011 10:26:46 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (All Hail the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Page to give support

http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Support-Frankie-Girard-and-The-US-FLAG/213380445352480


19 posted on 05/16/2011 10:28:03 AM PDT by doug from upland (website reserved just in case: TheBitchIsBack2012.com)
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To: Paladins Prayer; doug from upland
So he was in art class. As much as I hated art class, I distinctly recall plenty of days where we had various different assignments beyond, “draw whatever you want and then ask to hang it up.” I stand by my assertion: this argument is stupid. It took me an Internet-eternity (40 seconds) to find the original news story about this, as this has clogged a ton of blogs recently.

So it’s a kid-said/teacher-said thing, regarding the “offensive” part. To get all worked up and posting the school’s contact information (didn’t we get in trouble doing that with some Cleveland reporter a few weeks ago?) is jumping the gun in my mind.

And look at the video at the story. The father’s flag is adorned with a motorcycle and that sort of offends me (and is egregiously against the US Flag code.) And the kid’s drawing is woefully incorrect, missing several stripes and stars. That offends me.

I’m kidding of course and I didn’t want to get into the argument.
20 posted on 05/16/2011 10:58:53 AM PDT by whattajoke (Let's keep Conservatism real.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

One by one the symbols that reflect our history, (what made America great) are being suppressed and denied. Our youth are indeed being brain washed to believe in social justice, socialism and communism as better ways than freedom, liberty, the right of personal property, capitalism, rights of free speech, right to self defense and the 2nd amendment right to own guns, etc., ... those wanting one world government, and one world currency, which would require all the poor nations to have a ongoing flow of monies from the rich nations. Some nations will not actually give portions, claiming their own poor need their monies. Of course, they are actually stealing the monies of their nation. Venezuela and Cuba, Russia come to mind instantly.


21 posted on 05/16/2011 11:02:58 AM PDT by geologist (King James Bible only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: Paladins Prayer
There are people out there that hate our flag, hate this country, hate white people and hate the American way of life.

America bad, white people bad, has been taught in our public schools from *many* years.

22 posted on 05/16/2011 11:07:12 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

People thought we were joking when we said they were fascist with a PC swastika, ie. the seal of Zero will replace it.

They are in full blown recruiting mode behind passive aggressive “peace love” moves that remove that “baby killer” flag.

So, while the world is waiting to picked by us for all its riches, we bicker and do stupid crap like this, because that is PC to be stupid and indoctrinated by pedophiles and pedophile corrupt parties.


23 posted on 05/16/2011 11:10:55 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: LibsRJerks

They attack the sacred... first they came for white people, now it’s the flag, and next they will be recruiting for this vile narcissist and his stupid idiot union sbir zombies, uncastrating of their disgusting branches of protest, in our faces, always, their boots on our throats.

Cops and all blue collar glorified secretaries named lawyers to boot.

Tend the other cheek, let them desecrate, let them embrace the fear and terror they have in their cowardice and become the terror they like to enjoy blowing people up with. They are every bit and parcel brothers in color with their hero Bin Laden.


24 posted on 05/16/2011 11:14:56 AM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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