I Wouldn’t Stand for the National Anthem, Even if I Could

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This reminded me of the

This reminded me of the pledge of allegiance in schools. I opposed pledging to a piece of cloth as idolatry and jingoism and for years I always left the classroom and stood at the door pretending to do paperwork while I let a student lead it. I never made it an issue or tried to influence the kids.
Yet after a year it was noted by fellow teachers and parents and complaints were sent to the school board. There was no recourse for them because it would have been violating my rights to force me to pledge. Yet conservative board members and parents collect a dossier on me for over a decade and they fired me for a litany of minor offenses after 30 years teaching.
"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him". Cardinal Richelieu
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max berry 167 days ago

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