What happened to Patriotism?
Drudge links to an article from NBC San Diego where schools are starting to ban patriotic clothing--even the U.S. flag.
Beginning Monday, the Oceanside Unified School District is banning all flags and patriotic clothing. According to school officials, some students are using the garments and flags to taunt classmates.
Some critics of the move are calling it a violation of free speech protections guaranteed by the Constitution.
The American Civil Liberties Union points to the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines. In that case, school officials attempted to stop students who were protesting the Viet Nam War from wearing black armbands.
"The school has to be able to show a strong likelihood that there is going to material and substantial disruption of school, and if they donÂt meet that standard, then they can't censor student speech," said Kevin Neenan of the ACLU.
I understand that school officials want to calm tensions to put learning first and politics second. That is their job.
However, they it may be helpful to sponser open forums where students would be able to make their feelings known on the issues.
Brentlinger said he was shocked on Tuesday when marching immigration-reform protesters tore down the flag outside his business.
"Some of them just grabbed the flag, and pulled it off its aluminum pole, and it got ripped," said Brentlinger.
Last time I checked San Diego was in America. I'm sure that Americans in Saudi Arabia or China don't expect to be able to wave around the Old Glory and not have any emotional backlash. The officals and citizens from those countries would expect that their respective country's flag would have preference at their establishments.
These repeated U.S. flag desecrations show absolute disrespect for America's history and the soldiers that have fought under it.
I thought these reform protestors were for American citizenship? Apparently, by their actions they aren't for America at all.