American Legion ‘Supports’ Free Speech, Won’t ‘Accept’ It

American Legion ‘Supports’ Free Speech, Won’t ‘Accept’ It November 3, 2013

An American Legion post in Illinois is withdrawing its annual contribution to activities at a public park because one of the members of the local parks commission won’t stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And they’re offering this bizarrely incoherent excuse for their decision:

An Illinois American Legion post announced last week that it had decided to withhold financial support for the Morton Grove Park District because an atheist park commissioner refused to pledge allegiance to the United States flag “under God.”

At a Thursday park board meeting, Post 134 Commander Joseph Lampert told Commissioner Dan Ashta that Legion members did not “accept” his right not to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance — even though many veterans had died to protect that right.

“On behalf of our post, it is with some regret that we fully respect the right of individuals to not stand during the pledge of allegiance,” Lampert said. “All veterans have been willing to lose their lives for that right, and many have. With that being said, while we support that right, we do not accept it.”

“Regrettably, we will be withholding funds from the park district until such time that everyone rises for the pledge,” he added. “We feel that it’s disrespectful to all veterans that have been willing to sacrifice their lives for this country and it is a great dishonor to all servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and died for this country.”

You should read that in the voice of Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski. They didn’t watch their buddies die face down in the mud so that some namby pamby parks commissioner could refuse to stand for the pledge! They support it but they can’t accept it. Jesus, I get so tired of this simple-minded nationalistic bullshit.


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