In late January, president of the Santa Barbara City College board of trustees Robert Miller ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance would not begin each meeting. However, that decision has been forcibly overturned.
He claimed he “discovered that the Pledge of Allegiance has a history steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.”
Miller added that he also objected to the phrase “one nation under God” in the Pledge and decided that Congress shouldn’t have rule over his decision.
“The First Amendment not only protects freedom of speech and religion [but] it also expressly prohibits laws that establish a religion,” Miller wrote. “The U.S. Supreme Court has expressly extended those rights to those who express no belief in God. Thus, I disagree with the 1955 act of Congress to add this phrase to the Pledge of Allegiance.”
In response, Barber appeared at a January 24, SBCC board of trustees meeting to argue for the pledge.
While being heckled and interrupted by rude protestors, Barber recalled that Miller had unsuccessfully attempted to drop the Pledge a year earlier.
“You are an elected body … serving a community college,” Barber argued. “When you recite the Pledge of Allegiance, you are recommitting your oath to uphold and defend this country’s constitution.”
“During her comments Barber offered some of her own personal reasons for respecting the flag and the Pledge, recalling the time she and her husband spent in Communist East Berlin, during which sight of the American flag and U.S. Marines guarding the American consulate gave her a sense of security and patriotic pride. She also recalled how her own father was wounded in World War II, and how he later came home to America and was able to live in freedom and raise a family.”
“At the conclusion of her comments, Barber invited those in attendance at the meeting to join her as she recited the Pledge of Allegiance — even as the gaggle of disrespectful student protestors continued to try to disrupt her.”
“Effective immediately, the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited at Board of Trustee meetings until some future date when the matter may be considered by the Board,” Miller said.
This move proves that good people can stand up to the tyrannical rule of leftists who want to destroy America, starting with its foundations, many people argue.
Miller also took issue with the disruption, saying “While the College recognizes that there are different opinions about the Pledge of Allegiance, it expects that the First Amendment rights of members of the public to comment at board meetings will be respected.”
He added, “It is inconsistent with those rights for other audience members to interrupt and mock speakers on this topic, as happened at the January 24 Board meeting.”
Many people feel thankful that one professor and a few others were willing to stand for what they know is right, even in California.