Utah teacher: 'Too Much Risk' Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance

By Kyle Olson Special for USDR

It’s now a legal liability to recite the full Pledge of Allegiance.

“I retired from teaching just last year, and although I would recite the pledge with my class, it was only on special occasions,” Shauna Gertsch, a former elementary education teacher from Salt Lake County, tells The Daily Universe.

“There was just too much risk reciting the pledge often … we walked on egg shells with both parents and administrative faculty.”

” … In recent years, people challenge the traditional practice because of two words that arguably violate the Constitution and people’s religious freedom — the words ‘under God,’” the student newspaper from the historically conservative Brigham Young University reports.

“We no longer live in a world where discrimination is acceptable in any form,” Benjamin Howard tells the paper.

“Although it is hard to change such a mainstream American tradition, those words are too exclusionary for a nation’s government.”

Earlier this week, Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported a Sourth Carolina teacher omitted the words “under God” from the printed version of the Pledge she distributed to her students.

“It was like an ‘Oh my gosh’ type of feeling,” Jessica Andrews, a mother of a fourth grader in the teacher’s class, told Starnes.

“This was a single mistake by a very embarrassed and apologetic teacher,” a district spokesman told Fox News. “The teacher failed to proof the paper.”

Last school year, a South Dakota school board rejected a veteran’s request that high schoolers recite the Pledge.

“This is what we are asking, ten seconds a day from standup until sit down. Ten seconds to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day,” Jim Borman, one of the half-dozen veterans attending the meeting, explained to the board.

Board members said they couldn’t accommodate the veteran’s request because they couldn’t find a “consistent time” in their three high schools’ daily schedules to do such a thing.

These examples are from Utah, South Carolina and South Dakota – not exactly bastions of progressivism. Just imagine what’s happening – or not happening – in places like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, does still say the Pledge and one week decided to recite it in Arabic.

Fox reported:

The school recites the Pledge of Allegiance once a week and on Monday a member of the Cultural Arms Club led the student body in the Arabic version of the pledge.

The club seeks to “destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures” that exist within the high school.

“We deferred to the students because it’s their deal,” a district spokeswoman told Fox.

We’re witnessing the fundamental transformation of America and progressives are allowing children to lead the parade.

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