Boston Lawsuit Against “Indoctrination” (aka The Pledge of Allegiance)

0220_rb-pledge-624x443The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in the morning at most schools across the United States of America, and most people aren’t bothered by the students standing to attention and honoring the lost lives who fought to save this country.  It is a representation of loyalty to the United States flag and to this great nation!  It is also not compulsory for any child or adult to recite the Pledge – it is not forced upon anyone to stand and say the Pledge with others in the same room – anywhere, ever!  In other words, if you choose not to participate when others are saying the Pledge, you don’t have to say anything!

As a public school teacher, I have never coerced or forced a student to stand and say the Pledge if they choose not to!  People are not forced to utter the words, “…Under God…”

In Boston, MA, a lawsuit has been filed by an anonymous (very convenient to remain unknown) individual(s) against the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Boston, Massachusetts to discontinue the daily practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the state’s public schools.

Per the lawsuit, the parents, who are atheists, want to protect their children from being discriminated against.  Apparently the words, “Under God”, according to the lawsuit, are discriminating against all atheists.  Don’t say them; no one is holding a gun to their head saying you must say the Pledge or the words “Under God”.

According to the lawsuit filing, having the children recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, is a form of indoctrination of children and those children who come from families who don’t believe in God are being “stigmatized”.   Again, people are not forcing children to say the Pledge, and if someone chooses not to participate in the morning activity no-one gives it a second thought!  I have not had an ill will thought to folks who choose not to participate in reciting the daily Pledge!

All across the United States, everyday, in state courthouses, what is it the officers of the court say, “God Save The Commonwealth”.  This statement is said as a ritual before starting the day’s court affairs.

United States coins – what about them?   In God We Trust has been on American coins since 1864 and since 1957 it has been the nation’s motto.

Some groups are out to demoralize the conservative Christian values most Americans lean to.  One only has to pay attention to the news media to realize that Christians are the most discriminated group of people.

Think of the possible domino effect if “Under God” were to be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools!

This is not about one school district in Massachusetts; it’s about the rights of the vast majority of American people who deem, “Under God” an integral part of the Pledge.  Regardless, where is the respect?

Is respect and decorum seemingly a thing of the past?  Where is the respect for conservative values?  Even atheists I have spoken to have expressed how ridiculous this lawsuit is, plus a wasted $35,000 of taxpayer’s money the Acton-Boxborough school district is being forced to pay out.  Being offended is not a constitutional right.  People are offended every day; it’s a part of life.  I love the phrase, “get over yourself”. How apropos to the many people who take offense over conservative values, yet if I am offended by  Muslims burning the American flag lest I am considered a racist.

“In God We Trust” was a battle cry in 1862 for the 125th Pennsylvania Infantry “during the Battle of Antietam of the American Civil War”.

The lawsuit has more to do with purging God out of the U.S.A and less to do with making accommodations to those who feel discriminated against.  There is much history to the phrase and the United States of America – facts that cannot be eradicated by the far Left.

What is repeated in a court of law, “…So help me God.”

The President of the United States said at his second inauguration, “…so help me God…”

In a court of law, an atheist is not forced to put their hand on a Bible to swear to tell the truth.

An FYI note here to appease the radical Left, even a Muslim Inman, Feisal Abdul Rauf, wrote that “In God We Trust” a resonates with the teachings of Islam.  

Perhaps the lawyers should be made aware of this fact.  Do I believe the lawsuit is against all faiths or just Christians?  I’ll let you decide.

The Supreme Court Justice in Massachusetts was concerned that the 8-10 year old children wouldn’t understand what they’re saying.  It’s likely kids of that age don’t understand many things taught in school.  After all, isn’t that we send our children to school, so they can be taught.  Perhaps that’s the problem, the far left doesn’t want people to know and learn that our inalienable rights do not come from the government. What a novel idea that is!

People here in the United States of America have religious freedom – we must not forget that.  The Pledge of Allegiance is not praying to God, people can opt out if they so desire.  You don’t have to stand up for the Pledge of the Allegiance, but I want you to meet a veteran that can’t stand up for the pledge defending your right to not stand up.

Barbara Cook

Barbara J. Cook (Cookie) is enjoying living in the panhandle of Florida educating special needs children in a middle school (ask her about it sometime!). In order to de-stress, Barbara runs, reads, and writes, and yes, she cooks too: (that's another reason she runs!) She lives with her Mr. Cookie and chickens, dogs, cats and various others. Growing up in Europe as a child and spending several years as a military wife, Cookie learned to appreciate and respect diversity in people choosing to live by the phrase, agree to disagree. What is important to Cookie is family, faith, and fun. Cookie is involved in PolitiChicks because she says 'if we don't, who will?' Visit her website at: and

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