Texas Defends Pledge

PUBLISHED: 7:21 PM 27 Sep 2018

Texas AG Contesting Supreme Court Ruling Permitting Students To Sit During Pledge Of Allegiance

Last year, a high school student was expelled for refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Texas Attorney General Paxton expressed opposition to a student who sat while her teacher and peers recited the Pledge.

While its disheartening enough to see half of America turning its back on the country by participating in disgusting demonstrations that disrespect the American flag, national anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance, it is even worse to see grown adults pushing this type of behavior on children.

Such was the case in Texas where a high schooler refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and was expelled. While her family is suing the school district for speech infringement in citing a case pertaining to students’ requirement to stand for the Pledge, the attorney general of the state has provided the perfect response to it.

On October 3, India Landry, 17 at the time, sat during the Pledge of Allegiance while reportedly having her cell phone out in class at Windfern High School in Houston, Texas. Her teacher demanded that she stand, to which Landry refused and was removed from the class.

The unpatriotic student claimed, “I didn’t stand. She said you need to stand. I said I won’t do that; then she said, ‘well, you’re kicked out of here.’”

The principal, Martha Strother, subsequently expelled Landry, to which her parents have filed a lawsuit against the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

Her lawyer, Randall Kallinen, argued for Landry’s right to speech, including protesting, citing a 1943 Supreme Court ruling, West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, which determined “that administrations could not force students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.”

However, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has vocalized his opinion on the issue in explaining that “School children cannot unilaterally refuse to participate in the pledge.”

Regarding the 1943 ruling, Paxton continued that, “The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents have a fundamental interest in guiding the education and upbringing of their children, which is a critical aspect of liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.”

In a way, both arguments are valid, as is the school’s policy regarding the issue which states that students may opt out of the Pledge of Allegiance provided they have written consent from a parent.

Landry, allegedly did not, however, so the teacher nor school were arguably, technically, not at fault at the time.

However, the matter, unsurprisingly, exploded into a civil rights debate.

Landry later said, “I don’t think that the flag is what is says it’s for, for liberty and justice and all that. It’s not obviously what’s going on in America today.”

To this, the school assumed that the act of protest was racially motivated in saying, “This is not the NFL.”

Of course not, it is something even more important than that: the current attitude towards the country and patriotism, seen highly contrasted between those on Landry’s side and patriotic Americans such as Attorney General Paxton.

However, the left has used the recent lawsuit to push their agenda and slander Paxton who is running for re-election in the midterms.

Unsurprisingly, this was done on behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union, represented by legal director Andre Segura who said, “Once again, it appears that Ken Paxton is using his authority to foster division within our state through political posturing. Schools are meant to be a marketplace of ideas where students do not shed their first amendment rights.”

Again, however, Landry did not have a note from her parents at the time; however, they have stood behind the despicable protesting, which demonstrations similar to have been more divisive to the country than anything the attorney general claimed.

Perhaps hoping to instill some patriotic values in Landry and other Texans, his argument implies that American parents should raise their children to respect the American flag and all that it stands for.

Unfortunately, that is not the case, seen in the former student’s upbringing which led her to carry out the series of protests which her parents have stood behind. Impressionable children learn that type of behavior somewhere, in this case, one might assume from home or culture, recently including NFL protests.

While he has received backlash for opposing Landry’s act of protest, Paxton arguably demonstrated his patriotism beautifully in showing that he still possesses traditional American values.

Such is undeniably refreshing of a politician considering the extent to which America’s youth is being subjected to liberal propaganda.

In August, another brainwashed child, an 11-year-old in Maryland, partook in a similar act in refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The teacher rightfully condemned her actions, causing the story to go viral.

Somehow, former first lady Hillary Clinton learned of the incident and posted on social media of the child’s ‘activism,’ encouraging her to continue with her efforts.

Back in Texas, at least the attorney general retains an honorable level of patriotism in being willing to speak out against these types of protests.

Sure, if Landry had a note excusing her from the Pledge of Allegiance which indicated that that is how her parents are raising her, then perhaps the ancient ruling would apply.

Yet the reaction surrounding the issue is even more telling on behalf of the officials and lawyers involved, as the patriotic American would agree that those willing to speak up for the country’s beloved symbols are the ones most suited to be leaders, especially for the nation’s children.