CA Superintendent Apologizes After Teacher Omits “Under God” During Pledge August 26, 2020

CA Superintendent Apologizes After Teacher Omits “Under God” During Pledge

The Pledge of Allegiance is a silly ritual. It’s fake patriotism. If you actually love the country, you shouldn’t be pressured into saying how much you love it.

I’ve said all this before, but the whole Christian ritual became even more controversial this week when a lying Donald Trump said “Democrats took the word GOD out of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democrat National Convention.” That wasn’t true. There was video proof of it. The phrase “under God” was only omitted from the Pledge to open two caucuses that met earlier in the day, both with relatively small audiences.

Now the Pledge has created a stir in the Dinuba Unified School District in California.

Earlier this week, a teacher at Wilson Elementary School led students in the Pledge (presumably over Zoom), but left “one nation, under God” out of it. A parent found out and posted an angry rant on Facebook.

It led to Superintendent Dr. Joe Hernandez issuing this statement on Monday:

Today at Wilson Elementary School, one of our teachers inadvertently left out an important portion of the Pledge of Allegiance. A parent volunteer posted their concern about the omission on social media. The teacher has since spoken to the parent and apologized for the omission and the posting has been removed by the parent. Dinuba Unified takes great pride in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and modeling our civic duties and responsibilities. We sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been offended by the omission.

We don’t know why the teacher omitted the phrase. We don’t know whether or not it was intentional. But she didn’t need to apologize and the superintendent sure as hell didn’t need to remind the community of how proud they are of saying the Pledge.

I get why they did it: to avoid conflict. But the Pledge didn’t include “under God” for years before it was jammed in there in 1954, and it’s been nothing but divisive ever since. Hernandez could have said there was nothing wrong with what the teacher said, or that they want students to display patriotism as they see fit instead of making them pretend to love the country unconditionally, or that the conflict was resolved but there shouldn’t have been one to begin with.

If anything, the teacher absolutely did not leave out “an important portion” of the Pledge. She omitted the least important part of it!

But this is what some parents care about more than their kids’ actual education. What a shame administrators have to appease them.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)

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