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American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge
Radio.Fox News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 02/27/2013 1:35:57 PM PST by Nachum

A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

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The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; mexican; pledge; punished; student

1 posted on 02/27/2013 1:36:01 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

In Texas? WTH happened to “Remember the Alamo”?


2 posted on 02/27/2013 1:41:54 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Slump Tester

publik skoolz are publik skoolz, no matter where they are located. People need to get over the false notion that “my schools are different”... they ain’t


3 posted on 02/27/2013 1:43:17 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Slump Tester

I think this is an attempt to retake Texas. And Arizona. And New Mexico. Etc.


4 posted on 02/27/2013 1:43:30 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Nachum

The teacher, Ms. Santos should be in an unemployment line, not only for denying this student her rights but for breaking her own school district rules.


5 posted on 02/27/2013 1:49:39 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: petitfour

Doesn’t swearing allegiance to a foreign power disqualify your American citizenship?


6 posted on 02/27/2013 1:50:05 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Nachum

When I was a Freshman at the Univ. of California the rule was first year u had to live in the dorms. Periodically the Resident Advisor required all tenants to attend some stupid indoctrination thing.

One time it was HOMO stuff:

They went around the big circle, and each had to introduce themselves, saying their name, “I’m xx and I’m GAY”.

It was to break down stereotypes, or something.

MIND CONTROL.


7 posted on 02/27/2013 1:55:49 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Nachum

Tell these jerks to go pound sand.


8 posted on 02/27/2013 1:56:43 PM PST by The Louiswu (Torpedo the Constitution and full speed ahead!!!)
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To: Nachum

How was she forced? Did they torture her?
All she had to do was not say it.


9 posted on 02/27/2013 1:58:31 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: GeronL; Nachum; Slump Tester; petitfour; jazusamo; massgopguy

The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is collectivist.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

To understand the content and compass of modern education, see ...
http://www.scribd.com/doc/54400125/Change-Agents-in-the-Schools-Barbara-Morris-1979

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves your children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children better than you can.

Nobody knows your children better than you do.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

It is hypocritical for you to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. And your children will know it.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.

And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!

He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government entitlement program.


10 posted on 02/27/2013 1:58:40 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: massgopguy

I guess you can say anything in an educational setting. Except for POW or BANG BANG. Or some war-like or violent-type thing. Pledging allegiance to another country in school is the peaceful way of having a revolution. Oh, and you must not talk about homosexuality unless you approve of it.


11 posted on 02/27/2013 1:59:05 PM PST by petitfour
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To: Nachum

On May 5th (Cinqo de Drinko) 2012 in Morgan Hill, California two boys showed up wearing T-shirt that featured very neutral American flags:

The principle called them into his office, telling them to CHANGE —they were insensitive.

They refused, were sent home, and then suspended.


12 posted on 02/27/2013 2:00:16 PM PST by gaijin
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13 posted on 02/27/2013 2:02:14 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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TMLC bump.

www.thomasmore.org

Please visit the site and consider making a donation if you're in agreement with the issues TMLC fights for. TMLC is involved in many high profile cases; Haditha Marines, Mt Soledad, AZ SB1070.

I'm not in any way affiliated with TMLC, nor have I directly benefited from its representation.

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.


14 posted on 02/27/2013 2:09:56 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: svcw
How was she forced? Did they torture her? All she had to do was not say it.

From the article:

When Brinsdon refused to back down – she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.

15 posted on 02/27/2013 2:15:14 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: gaijin

My son was “exposed” to this same kind of gay indoctrination crap when he was a freshman at Va. Tech in 2001.


16 posted on 02/27/2013 2:27:44 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Nachum

What happens in a city that is 95% Mestizo, Illegal Alien, and Third World.

To force someone to pay homage to another flag, especially one that hates the US and sends its trash over....that is treason


17 posted on 02/27/2013 2:28:13 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: Nachum

Privatize education—all of it.


18 posted on 02/27/2013 2:48:34 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Hmmm

McAllen? Sounds like some of the school staff should be placed on a bus and transported across the border to MX to stay.

No grandson of mine will be forced to sing the MX National Anthem or pledge alegance to that place.

The DC maggots are sure trying to stir up Texas. They had best be careful what they wish for.

I pledge alegance to the US Flag and then the Texas Flag every month at meetings of a group I have been affiliated with since I was 21 (am 65 now). That organization was the first institution chartered in the Republic of Texas. That moment runs deeply here, regardles of what the news reports. You can take that one to the bank.


19 posted on 02/27/2013 2:52:39 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

I have seen some of the homework assignments my niece gets, they are very very leftist


20 posted on 02/27/2013 2:54:42 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

My children are grown. I have 1 grandson and he is not being brought up that way, although he lives in Northern VA. He has been in private school until just recently.


21 posted on 02/27/2013 2:58:32 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Nachum

“The recitation of the Mexican pledge and the singing of the Mexican national anthem was part of a 2011 Spanish class assignment at Achieve Early College High School. The teacher, Reyna Santos, required all her students to participate in the lesson.”

This sheds a bit of light on the situation. I’m slightly relieved to know it’s not an everyday, school-wide function. But only slightly. Requiring to kids to recite/sing the pledge/anthem of another sovereign nation is a *lousy* class exercise for a foreign language class. And the so-called “alternative assignment” was BS too. What does the independence of Mexico have to do with learning to speak Spanish (which the girl already does, and fluently)?


22 posted on 02/27/2013 3:03:40 PM PST by DemforBush (When life gives you lemons, hoard them and make a killing in citrus futures!)
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To: Nachum
Fire the entire McAllen Independent School District!

The McAllen Independent School District Members probably ought to be be Tared & Feathered then road out of town on a rail.

23 posted on 02/27/2013 3:08:47 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Nachum
Fire the entire McAllen Independent School District!

The McAllen Independent School District Members probably ought to be be Tared & Feathered, then road out of town on a fresh split wood rail.

24 posted on 02/27/2013 3:09:40 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Texas Fossil

Not all private schools are immune to this crap. Hopefully the parents did their homework


25 posted on 02/27/2013 3:10:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DemforBush
What does the independence of Mexico have to do with learning to speak Spanish

Exactly!

They should have forced her to recite the SPANISH pledge of allegiance.

26 posted on 02/27/2013 3:12:11 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: DemforBush
This sheds a bit of light on the situation. I’m slightly relieved to know it’s not an everyday, school-wide function. But only slightly. Requiring to kids to recite/sing the pledge/anthem of another sovereign nation is a *lousy* class exercise for a foreign language class.

I have no problem with it. We did it in both my French and Spanish classes when I was in high school in the 70s. Of course the anthem was of Spain not Mexico. And as far as I know, they most likely still do it, as the foreign language requirements for that HS haven't changed in all these years.

27 posted on 02/27/2013 3:32:17 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz
You are right.

Back then I took French. One class assignment was to translate La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

That was in 1972! I briefly had an idea to through down an imaginary French rifle while reciting it, but Madame LeBoeuf would have had my head! She was much more Teutonic than Gallic!

28 posted on 02/27/2013 3:45:45 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!
One class assignment was to translate La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.

Now they just use Google translate and worry about fixing the errors it leaves

29 posted on 02/27/2013 3:55:36 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: PapaBear3625

Is it only prayer or can students in public schools refuse to say Pledge of Allegiance to America ...or stand when Pledge is being recited.......perhaps I’m wrong but thought I heard this reported. But, refusing to cite a pledge to a foreign county is worth a punishment?!

Good for Thomas More organization...enough is enough. This IS AMERICA and the Pledge of Allegiance to AMERICA IS THE ONLY PLEDGE that should be said in US schools, Courts, Official Bldgs, etc!! Does any other country ask their citizens to Pledge Allegiance to America??? Enough!


30 posted on 02/27/2013 4:02:51 PM PST by 4integrity
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To: 4integrity

They cannot make a student recite the US pledge, school district policy but PUNISHES a kid for failing to pledge it to a foreign country.

Insane.


31 posted on 02/27/2013 4:07:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

yes, insane. The parents at that school, and any other school that pulls the same garbage, should protest big time!


32 posted on 02/27/2013 4:34:12 PM PST by 4integrity
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To: Gabz

Interesting - thank you for the input! I guess my own experience in foreign language class was a bit different than most. The only song I can ever remember singing in French class was “Alouette.”

I guess what bugs me about the incident in the story is that it feels like the instructor in question may have an agenda other than education in her lesson plan. An alternate assignment of reporting on the independence of Mexico seems awfully political to me. Especially since there are so many other Latin American countries where Spanish is the predominant language.

Just MHO, of course. I’ve been wrong before, and probably will be again in the very near future. :-)


33 posted on 02/27/2013 4:40:44 PM PST by DemforBush (When life gives you lemons, hoard them and make a killing in citrus futures!)
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To: 4integrity

maybe annually?


34 posted on 02/27/2013 4:46:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: DemforBush

I agree with you on the alternate assignment it should have been an alternative Spanish speaking country. That does make the issue political in my book.


35 posted on 02/27/2013 4:57:53 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: gaijin

Gaijin, That sounds exactly like an essay by Wendy Shalit that my son just read for college and wrote about: “A Ladies’ Room of One’s Own.”

Written in 1995 about just what you experienced - “I’m XXX and I’m gay/Latina/Whatever” - but from the point of view of a young conservative woman in a very liberal, ultra-PC college. It’s excellent.

The entire essay is here - it’s in TXT file - sorry about that, but it’s the only full version I could find.

http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200791.txt


36 posted on 02/28/2013 12:22:53 AM PST by bootless ("If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."~RWR)
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To: Nachum

This is what happens when parents are not involved


37 posted on 02/28/2013 4:25:46 AM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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