From Liberally Lean I learn this morning that we have new wording in the Texas Pledge:
“Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.”
This is part of the important business that our elected officials carried out during the 80th Legislature. Link
Capitol Annex has the exchanges from debate on this bill and they are pure gold. Thank you Rep. Burnam who I assume cast the lone nay vote. A few nuggets follow:
BURNAM: But it is as fundamental as when the pilgrims stepped on the rock at the founding of this nation and I have a lot of questions that I need answered. Do you know that in the bill analysis it’s stated that your bill will acknowledge “our Judeo-Christian heritage”?
BURNAM: I’m sorry?
BURNAM: Thank you. Are you aware that Native Americans that lived on this land did not have a heritage based on Judaism or Christianity?
BURNAM: Are you also aware that within the last few decades, our country has become vastly diverse, in regards to culture and religion?
The things children say:
When I had to send my son to public school for a short time, he asked me about saying the pledge of allegiance. That was about the time the Iraq war had started. He often watches the TeeVee news with me and I often print out the real news from real sources like the Guardian or BBC so we both knew that there weren’t any WMD’s in Iraq and that Iraq had no involvement in 9/11. (Why didn’t you know that? Pay better attention next time!) For that reason, my son decided that he did not want to, on principle, pledge his allegiance to the flag. However, since some teachers are threatened by any attempt to display individuality, this posed a problem for him:
succumb to pressure and go along to get along.
My son thinks deeply. That may be a result of being schooled at home where individuality and questioning everything is celebrated and reasoning is encouraged. At any rate, that was a brave stance for a young boy to take. But, my kid is like that. = )