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Arlington student's plea for the Pledge unsuccessful
GateHouse News Service ^ | June 28, 2010 | Linda Kush

Posted on 06/30/2010 5:53:00 AM PDT by Dayvester

Sean Harrington, a senior at Arlington High School, faced the School Committee on Tuesday with frustrated tears in his eyes.

He had just come tantalizingly close to realizing his dream: he wanted every student in the Arlington schools to have the chance to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day.

But in spite of Harrington’s impassioned speech citing mothers who lost children in Iraq and aging Baby Boomers left mentally shattered after Viet Nam, the committee vote was tied 3 - 3, and the measure failed.

School Committee members Joseph Curran, Cindy Starks and Chairman Joseph Curro voted to reinstitute the pledge, while Leba Heigham, Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Judson Pierce voted no. Jeff Thielman was absent.

“Please … it’s the last day!” Sean pleaded after the votes were tallied...

...There is even a Massachusetts law making daily recitation of the pledge mandatory, but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; searchisyourfriend

1 posted on 06/30/2010 5:53:02 AM PDT by Dayvester
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To: Dayvester

minority in control of the masses.


2 posted on 06/30/2010 5:57:22 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Dayvester

Communist Goals for Taking Over America

#13-Do away with all loyalty oaths

http://www.uhuh.com/nwo/communism/comgoals.htm


3 posted on 06/30/2010 5:57:31 AM PDT by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: Dayvester

When I was in public school (Tennessee), 1950 to 1962, the pledge was said in home room every morning.
That was when America was the grand old USA.
Now it is the USSA.


4 posted on 06/30/2010 5:57:55 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Dayvester
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5 posted on 06/30/2010 5:58:14 AM PDT by b4its2late (I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here.)
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To: AlexW

Those were the good old days!


6 posted on 06/30/2010 6:00:13 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: dalebert

ding ding ding....they continue to impose their will upon the majority....


7 posted on 06/30/2010 6:01:05 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: Dayvester
Arlington is almost as moonbat as Cambridge.

Having 3 members support the pledge was a shock.

8 posted on 06/30/2010 6:01:05 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Dayvester

Where is Joe McCarthy when we really need him? Anyone who votes against saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a communist and has NO PLACE serving in any government in the USA.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 6:04:53 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: AU72

You have to see the Letter to the Editor last week complaining of a USO insert in the paper. She said she was canceling her subscription because of the “propaganda” portraying our military as the good guys.


10 posted on 06/30/2010 6:08:59 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: pnh102

“Where is Joe McCarthy when we really need him?”

....I think a new type of militant patriotism is going to arise in this country...it will be full of people like me who aren’t going to take it any more.


11 posted on 06/30/2010 6:10:23 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: dalebert
It's really much more like Leba Heigham, Kirsi Allison-Ampe and Judson Pierce simply like to hurt people.

How can people like this be left alone with young children?

12 posted on 06/30/2010 6:12:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: AU72
Arlington is almost as moonbat as Cambridge.

I think it's only about 10% hard core communist, but a lot of the rest of them go along with it.

13 posted on 06/30/2010 6:13:53 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: Dayvester

Stand and pledge anyway.

When the board calls it ‘school disruption’,respond that you are taking a page from Bill Ayers playbook and practicing ‘political dissent’.

Turn the tables on the left and they get real agitated.


14 posted on 06/30/2010 6:15:07 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: AU72

The vote was 3-3 with one not present, as close as it could possibly be without passing.

Something tells me that the vote was discussed and agreed upon before they walked into the room to have the least amount of controversy, but I’ve been wearing my tinfoil hat a bit tight lately also.


15 posted on 06/30/2010 6:20:50 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Dayvester
I'm a substitute teacher in our public schools. The Pledge is recited each day, along with a moment of silence. One middle school principal also includes her 'Thought for the Day', which is many times Judeo/Christian based! Mostly I sub in Special Ed rooms... the kids able to recite the Pledge are so proud to do so. Very touching.

Too bad this doesn't happen in every school, every day.

17 posted on 06/30/2010 6:23:07 AM PDT by sweet_diane (Someone, please... just plug the darn hole!)
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To: Dayvester

at the risk of being flamed...

mandatory reciting of a pledge or oath means nothing.

make the country worth living in and the oathes of allegiance will come.

as a man of principles, and of my word, shouldn’t i only have to say a pledge once.

educate not indoctrinate, that goes both ways.

(donning flame resistant suit)

teeman


18 posted on 06/30/2010 6:28:18 AM PDT by teeman8r (NO vember is coming... vote them out)
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To: Dayvester

I don’t understand this. No one is stopping any student who wants to, from reciting the pledge whenever they want including in the morning before classes.


19 posted on 06/30/2010 6:32:21 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: teeman8r

I have contacted my Brothers at the Arlington Knights of Columbus to see if this young man’s effort can be honored.


20 posted on 06/30/2010 6:32:21 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
Stand and pledge anyway. When the board calls it ‘school disruption’,respond that you are taking a page from Bill Ayers playbook and practicing ‘political dissent’. Turn the tables on the left and they get real agitated.

There ya go!

21 posted on 06/30/2010 6:33:23 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Dayvester

I grew up in Arlington and went to the public schools there.
(1963-1976)
I can remember reciting the pledge of allegiance in elementary
school, hand over heart,facing the flag.
Arlington was a nice middle class town with strong values.
It started to change in the 1970’s when young progressives
started moving in.


22 posted on 06/30/2010 6:35:36 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: Dayvester
"There is even a Massachusetts law making daily recitation of the pledge mandatory, but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech."

So what? It's not like you HAVE to stand up and recite it even if it's being said around you! Freedom OF Speech - not Freedom FROM Speech... It's just like prayers -- Freedom OF Religion, not Freedom FROM Religion.

It's no wonder people in this country don't understand how our government works, or what's going on. There is no more emphasis on respecting past generations, and the price they've paid for our Freedoms... The only push as far as our government in the schools is concerned, is the overwhelming number of teachers who are indoctrinating today's students against the US of old (Capitalism, Freedom), and against so-called "US Imperialism", and "Rights Violations".

We're doomed to repeat the worst parts of history because these children will not respect our country, or have an understanding of how lucky we as a nation have been up until now. I guess a lot of these younger kids are going to get a very rude wake-up call. But, will they know how to answer it when it comes??? That's what I REALLY worry about!
23 posted on 06/30/2010 6:37:00 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: teeman8r

Not to flame you but I don’t care what you think. You learn to get along or get out. Most folks have figured out by the time they are adults how to respect the rights of others, or they’ve gone totally criminal and we’ve locked ‘em up to contemplate their futures.


24 posted on 06/30/2010 6:41:34 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Bob J

Don’t count on it. Anyplace that’s run by Leftwingtards is usually staffed with corporate toadies who will bust your chops for getting out of synch with the party line.


25 posted on 06/30/2010 6:43:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Dayvester

Time to just do it and screw the courts. Let them enforce their BS.


26 posted on 06/30/2010 6:43:34 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: Dayvester

I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. We weren’t allowed to say the pledge but we were taught to stand out of respect. I don’t see why that little bit of common sense could not be applied to the town of Arlington (other than that there is a common sense shortage in Massachusetts).


27 posted on 06/30/2010 6:46:25 AM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012)
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To: palmer

Didn’t Arlington have a State Senator who was arrested for accosting multiple women in public?


28 posted on 06/30/2010 6:46:44 AM PDT by AU72
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To: aloishammer
Sean Harrington, a senior at Arlington High School, faced the School Committee on Tuesday with frustrated tears in his eyes.

"Weepy drama-queenery is no way to go through life, son."

Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue - Proverbs 17:28

Signed up June 14, 2010 and it's already too late for you.

29 posted on 06/30/2010 6:52:49 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Dayvester

“but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech.”

A forced pledge means about as much as a coerced confession.


30 posted on 06/30/2010 6:53:29 AM PDT by Grunthor (Fat people are harder to kidnap.)
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To: STONEWALLS; pnh102
Count me in!

Photobucket

31 posted on 06/30/2010 6:54:58 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama .......yes.......is fascist... ...He meets every diagnostic of history)
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To: AU72

Yes, met him once at Garden in the Woods. Seemed like a decent guy, didn’t accost me or my sister.


32 posted on 06/30/2010 6:59:09 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: AlexW

When I was in school (a long time ago), saying the Pledge was routine. No one ever gave it a thought. Of course, back then we didn’t have to have cops in our schools, either. The libs are destroying America bit by bit.


33 posted on 06/30/2010 7:02:12 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Candor7

Love that photo & captioning the Utopian illogic (i.e. lack of common sense) of liberals.


34 posted on 06/30/2010 7:25:16 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: AU72

James Marzilli.
Went to school with him.


35 posted on 06/30/2010 7:36:19 AM PDT by markoman (The man with the rubber glove was....surprisingly gentle.)
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To: teeman8r

You’re the only one talking about mandatory.

Even the student is smarter than you.


36 posted on 06/30/2010 7:41:04 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Women are natural socialists, since the 19th passed the US has been drifting Liberal)
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To: teeman8r

As I see it, the Pledge is a way of coming together and stating that we love our country and believe in it. I believe those who refuse to say the Pledge hate America.


37 posted on 06/30/2010 7:49:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: teeman8r

I will not recite the pledge until the oozing carbuncle known as Barack Obama/Barry Soetoro is removed by impeachment or resignation or election from the White House.

Now, if someone comes up with a Pledge to the U.S. Constitution, I’ll gladly recite that every day


38 posted on 06/30/2010 7:50:16 AM PDT by Neville72 (uist)
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Well, when you have people with names like “Leba” and “Kirsi” on the School Board, what do you expect? You can't expect love for America from people who are not “real” Americans.
39 posted on 06/30/2010 7:57:37 AM PDT by Godwin1
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To: pnh102

Parody post?


40 posted on 06/30/2010 7:57:54 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: teeman8r

“at the risk of being flamed...

mandatory reciting of a pledge or oath means nothing.”

I agree.


41 posted on 06/30/2010 7:58:34 AM PDT by DemonDeac
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To: Dayvester

Arlington, home of MoonBat Pride:

http://www.menotomymoonbats.com/


42 posted on 06/30/2010 8:17:56 AM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Stand and pledge anyway.

When the board calls it ‘school disruption’,respond that you are taking a page from Bill Ayers playbook and practicing ‘political dissent’.

Turn the tables on the left and they get real agitated.
__________________________________________________________

^^^^THIS^^^^^


43 posted on 06/30/2010 8:18:22 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Dayvester; All

DO THIS: Organize the parents - secretly - and have a student walkout. Keeping this secret is of the utmost importance. If the school gets wind of your plans .. it will defeat the plan.

For every student who doesn’t show up at the school - THE GOVT WILL NOT PAY THE SCHOOL FED DOLLARS. Everything is based on the number of students.

While you’re organizing the parents - prepare for home schooling. Some parents will not be able to stop working, but those parents who are regularly home can be organized to teach a few children in each of their homes, and it’s a good time to teach them the difference between Liberty and Tyranny.

This method was tried in an Oregon city - and it scared the fire out of the school - and it only took a few days of no students (I believe) before THE SCHOOL CAVED to the parents wishes. The Oregon families did this perfectly. They had everything all set up and the school was in SHOCK when no students showed up.

Plus, tipping off the press only on the first morning of the protest also helps. There are the students and parents with their signs telling the story of how this school will not allow the students to recite the pledge. Powerful!

MONEY TALKS - USE IT!!


44 posted on 06/30/2010 8:23:58 AM PDT by CyberAnt (Indenpendece Day is coming !!!)
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To: AlexW

We said the Pledge when I was in junior high, and I remember saying it some in 9th and/or 10th grade (1984/1985). I know we said it at assemblies in 11th/12th.


45 posted on 06/30/2010 8:58:32 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder (The press wants “Camelot II - The Return of JFK”, and not “Peanuts II - that’s all you’ll have)
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To: Balding_Eagle

from the above post...

There is even a Massachusetts law making daily recitation of the pledge mandatory, but that law is routinely ignored because it contradicts federal court decisions that say compelling someone to say the Pledge of Allegiance violates freedom of speech.

perhaps an apology from you is in order...

uaofr...

thanks

teeman


46 posted on 06/30/2010 9:24:38 AM PDT by teeman8r (NO vember is coming... vote them out)
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To: teeman8r

Yes, I’m sorry you can’t understand that you are the only one who thinks this is about making the pledge mandatory, even SCOTUS and the teen promoting the pledge realize it should be voluntary.


47 posted on 06/30/2010 11:49:33 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Women are natural socialists, since the 19th passed the US has been drifting Liberal)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Compelling someone to support NPR and PBS is a violation of the First Amendment.


48 posted on 06/30/2010 5:02:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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