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Brookline group: Wave bye to Pledge of Allegiance in school

From Boston Herald: (Ungrateful) Peaceniks in leafy, lefty Brookline are trying to ban the Pledge of Allegiance from town schools, insisting the iconic verse has anti-patriotic overtones and even shades of McCarthyism — a claim seen as an insulting absurdity by families of fallen soldiers and 9/11 victims as the 10th anniversary of that horrific day approaches.
Brookline Political Action for Peace — also known as Brookline PAX — will push Town Meeting voters in November to urge the School Committee to end the requirement that principals allow a weekly recitation of the Pledge during morning announcements. The town lets students choose whether to participate.
The activist group argues the pledge has no educational value and is “literally and psychologically a loyalty oath, reminiscent of McCarthyism or some horrific totalitarian regimes.”
The petition is chiefly the work of Marty Rosenthal, the Brookline group’s co-chairman, who also led a successful bid in the 1980s to eliminate the pledge from Town Meeting’s official proceedings, making it a voluntary part of the prelude.  “I’ve spent 40 years in civic involvement. I yield to nobody in patriotism,” said Rosenthal, an attorney. “The pledge is at odds with America’s most important traditions.
Rep. Frank I. Smizik (D-Brookline), a co-signer, calls the resolution an exercise of First Amendment rights and an anti-bullying measure, saying it would protect students who do not wish to pledge. We’ve had so many problems with bullying. . . . One kid gets mad at another kid because he’s something that he doesn’t like or does something that he doesn’t like,” Smizik said. “That kind of stuff happens.”
Rosenthal insisted, “I have the highest gratitude for people who have given the ultimate sacrifice. But what are they doing it for? Is it for the flag of the United States, or the principles that we stand for? I believe that what we’re doing with this is in the highest traditions of what we stand for.”
To which Joe Colantoni, a Korean War veteran, responded: “Tell him he’s full of (expletive).”
This guy can’t handle the Pledge of Allegiance being recited just once a week?  Excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for his weak allegiance to what the majority of Americans most likely feel is patriotic. I hope the school board doesn’t yield to his selfish demand.

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag
Of the United States of America,
And to the Republic for which it stands:
One Nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all”


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The line that drives them all wacko is,
And to the Republic it stands…
They do NOT want to admit that this is SUPPOSED to be a “Republic” form of government. That which EVERY citizen has a voice, NOT the mob rules mentality.


An “anti-bullying” measure… because patriotism, freedom and being one nation under God is “oppressive” to left/libtards (unlike, say, SEIU beating TEA Partiers who disagree with them).

Clifton Lee West

Marty Rosenthal really has a problem with pledging allegience to the flag of the United States of America. Is there anything else Mr. Rosenthal has a problem with? I think everyone in the whole world should find out what else this narcissist demands before we move forward, don’t you? No, I will not tell a lie, I don’t give a damn what Mr. Rosenthal likes or dislikes and if the people of Massachusetts want to do along with him, so be it. I am getting fed up with people hiding behind our children to push their personal agenda, cowards! Man… Read more »


Mr. Rosenthal, men and women who value the Pledge of Allegiance have fought and died for you to say that you don’t like it. If you are unable to show respect for the Pledge, then at least show respect for them. Reciting the Pledge does not cause bullying. Bullying is all about disrespect. Something at which you clearly excel.


The rule ,when I was a kid , was to stand at attention and shut up…
if you can’t /won’t say the pledge …show some respect for those who wish to. I have no respect for moonbats who have no respect for anyone else and NO tolerance for the intolerant bullies of political correctness.

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What a picklepuss!