American Legion Post in North Carolina Unsuccessfully Tries to Foist ‘In God We Trust’ Posters on Public Schools
This isn’t turning out to be a very good month for the American Legion.
First, members of Post 311 decided they wouldn’t attend a Veteran’s Day assembly at a Pennsylvania public high school because the superintendent told them their chaplain wouldn’t be allowed to deliver a prayer at the event.
Then, there was the PR smackdown suffered by an Illinois chapter of the organization. You’ll recall that after Morton Grove Park District Commissioner Dan Ashta declined to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, piqued members of Legion Post 134 decided they would withhold their $2,600 worth of financial support. On Hemant’s initiative, atheists from all over the country quickly contributed $3,300 to more than make up the shortfall at least for this year, ensuring that Morton Grove residents can continue to enjoy their greenery.
And now, there’s this:
Florida Teacher Physically Forced Jehovah’s Witness Fourth-Grader to Take Part in the Pledge of Allegiance
Recently, one morning, in a public school in Spring Hill, Florida… this happened. To a fourth-grader.
As the students recited [the Pledge of Allegiance], teacher Anne Daigle-McDonald took the boy’s wrist and placed his hand over his heart. He protested, pulling his arm down and reminding her he was a Jehovah’s Witness.
“You are an American, and you are supposed to salute the flag,” Daigle-McDonald said, according to a statement the boy gave to a school administrator.
The next day, Daigle-McDonald again placed the boy’s hand over his heart. She then addressed the class. “In my classroom, everyone will do the pledge; no religion says that you can’t do the pledge,” several students told a school administrator, according to a report. “If you can’t put your hand on your heart, then you need to move out of the country.”