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People Pledge because they choose to.

A freind of mine's son in Florida got in a spat with his teacher because he refused to stand up for the PLedge of Allegiance.

The teacher contacted his mom and she asked the 13-year old what it was about.

He replied that it was HIS way of protesting against "this president who's ruining our country."

She replied to the teacher: "if he is disrupting the class, by all means discipline him in a manner fit, but if he is just protesting, that's his right and I don't see anything wrong with it."

The teacher responded that in his view, the boy should show respect for the flag and the federal government, which has been so generous and given so much to the State of Florida in the wake of the hurricanes.

I found that inane.

The boy has the right to refuse to stand up.
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