School sends parents permission slips for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance
From the "yes, really" category, we have the recent decision by a public school principal in Brookline, Massachusetts to send parents a form asking them to indicate whether or not their child should participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, (which teachers are required to lead, according to state law).
The form tells parents to check either: "Yes, my child will participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance", or "No, my child will not participate in the weekly Pledge of Allegiance." The letter goes on to urge parents to "have a conversation as a family to help your children understand why I will be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and to support them in feeling comfortable and confident in the decision on whether or not to participate."
So what does this tell us?
In the case of this particular PUBLIC, tax-dollar supported school, it indicates that they are only just now getting around to leading children in the Pledge...despite the fact that it's a state law. And this principal is doing so in an almost apologetic manner...only once a week...and sending parents a permission slip, letting them know that they can avoid having their child's delicate conscience injured.
Then there's this...
The school also sent parents a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance along with a note that defined the words "under God" as meaning "there is one Supreme entity for every citizen."
School officials told Fox News Radio they are in the process of offering some sort of clarification about the school’s policy as well as the definition of the words "under God."
You know, because we wouldn't want anyone to be confused that they might be joining a church, or that the school was somehow supporting religion by complying with a state law to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.