Groan: Public School in Massachusetts Now Requiring Permission Slips to Recite Pledge

Posted: Dec 23, 2010 11:29 AM
An improvement over the militant atheists' preferred alternative, I suppose, but it is patently absurd that society has come to this (via Hot Air):

The principal of a public school in Brookline, Mass., is asking parents to fill out permission slips before their children

can participate in a weekly recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Gerardo Martinez, the principal of The Devotion School, informed parents that the school would begin reciting the pledge in January over the public address system.

Attached to the letter was a form that asked parents to check either: "Yes, my child will participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance" or "No, my child will not participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance."

"I urge you to have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate," Martinez wrote in the letter.

The school also sent parents a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance along with a note that defined the words "under God" as meaning "there is one Supreme entity for every citizen."

Over to you, moonbat parent and ACLU lawyer:

"It's uncomfortable," Judi Puritz Cook told the Local Wicked newspaper

. "The pledge is a promise, and I've always taught my kids to think very carefully before making any promise. It's not a decision I want to make for them."

An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union in Boston also had some concerns about the situation.

Sarah Wunsch told the newspaper the permission slips were "really strange."

"It suggests that this is a decision for parents alone," she said, noting that children don't lose their right of expression once they walk into a school building.

Of course it's "really strange," Ms. Wunsch.  But the only reason this preposterous practice is being instituted in the first place is because of litigious hardcore secularists like...the ACLU.  You know what else is really strange?  A newspaper named The Local Wicked

Parting Thought: Quick, who represents Brookline, MA in Congress?  That's right.