Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Storm Track Appeasement: Preemptive Appeasement

It’s bad enough that our culture has to buckle under and appease a Muslim who feels that something our pluralistic society is an affront to him or her, but what really gets my goat is when we preemptively appease Muslims without the slightest complaint from them.

The Rougblog has the story.

A proactive elementary principal of the Portland school district in Oregon has sprung into action to prevent any further offense and humiliation to be suffered by Muslims over the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. How? She yanked it from an end of year school program.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The exclusion of the Pledge of Allegiance from a southwest Portland elementary school's ceremony has proved upsetting for a local mom.

"I was sad," said parent Briana Reese. "The flag was sitting up there, you know. Two of the kids went up and they said 'Everybody rise,' and we rose, and I thought for just a second 'Oh yeah, we're going to put our hands on our hearts and we're going to salute the flag' - but no."

The pledge was instead replaced with a singing version of the preamble to the Constitution.

KATU tried repeatedly to talk with Principal Pam Wilson but got no results. However, in an e-mail response to Reese's questions, she explained the pledge was removed "out of respect for the diversity of religious faiths." Some parents support the principal's decision.

"I think it's nice to be trying to consider everybody," said parent Teri Price. "But I don't think she necessarily meant it to be that controversial. I think she just wanted a change."

Sure just a change. Patriotism can be soooo….boring.

The Portland School District said there were no complaints about the pledge. They said they have little say in how principals handle end of the year ceremonies at individual schools.

So, next year a principal can have the student stand up and do a ‘sieg heil’? Now that’s change we can believe in.

The following is the full e-mail response that parent Briana Reese received from Principal Pam Wilson:

"The Pledge contains the words, 'under God' and we have many Muslim families here. So out of respect for the diversity of religious faiths practiced by our school community (parents and families) we decided that this year the students would memorize and sing the Preamble to the Constitution.

So, it’s true. Muslims do not believe in God. At least not our God, right Principal Wilson? I see you agree.

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  • Religion has no role in a secular society.

    I would refuse any pledge under any god.

    By Blogger Rebel Radius, at 4:54 PM  

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