The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional, largely because it’s voluntary, students can opt out. But the reaction of the community in Texas where a kid was punished by the school for not reciting the pledge shows why this voluntary claim is illusory in practice.
Most folks around town Thursday had just one reaction to Mason sitting it out.
“Oh that’s wrong,” said Needville resident Peggy Janczak.
The pledge brings up strong and powerful associations.“I think he’s being disrespectful to the flag, and those folks who gave their lives for him to have his opinion,” said Needville resident David McDonald.
Another neighbor, Jimmie Pekar added, “If you live in the United States, the greatest country in the world, you should support the United States.”
“The soldiers are out there, they’re doing their job and he should stand up,” said neighbor Jo Castillo.
Janczak added, “You’ve got a lot of things here that a lot of people don’t have, that’s respect, that’s freedom.”
Fuck you. Fuck every single one of you and every person who thinks the same way.