McAllen Independent School District in McAllen, Texas lies along the US-Mexico international border across from Reynosa, Mexico. The school district has a policy that excuses a student from reading certain parts of the US Declaration of Independence if it is determined that the student has a conscientious objection. Additionally, the school district has a policy that prohibits any school from forcing a student to say the American Pledge of Allegiance.
However, a 15 year old girl at Achieve Early College High School felt it was un-American to have to recite the Mexican Pledge of Allegiance and sing the Mexican national anthem as part of a class project, so she refused to do so. The girl’s teacher, Reyna Santos then gave the girl an alternative assignment on Mexico and its independence, made her sit in class for several days and listen to the other students recite the Mexican Pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem. In the end, the teacher still gave the girl a failing grade.
The girl’s mother, Brenda Brinsdon believes the school violated her daughter’s constitutional rights by punishing her for refusing to swear allegiance to another country. With the help of the Thomas More Law Center, a lawsuit has been filed against the school. Richard Thompson, president of Thomas More Law Center commented on the case, saying:
“There is a sad trend in public schools across our nation to undermine American patriotism, but it’s encouraging to see students like Brenda stand up for America despite pressure from school officials.”
Erin Mersino, an attorney and spokesperson for Thomas More Law Center added:
“What’s most troubling is the different treatment for someone wanting to opt out of reciting the American Pledge of Allegiance compared to someone as a matter of conscience wants to opt out of reciting the Mexican pledge.”
A major part of the progressive agenda to brainwash Americans is to undermine patriotism from a very young age. Many public schools teach that America is the evil villain that is causing all of the world’s problems. Some even go so far to point the finger of blame on the Christian influence our nation once had. By the time our kids graduate high school, they already hate America and are ready to embrace a world order dictated by the United Nations.
My granddaughter is in 5th grade and her public school doesn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance. I was shocked to find out that she really didn’t know what the Pledge of Allegiance was; let alone what it said. Questioning further, I found out that she didn’t know our national anthem either.
I believe that every student in the United States should be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the national anthem on a regular basis. If they don’t like the Pledge or national anthem, and what they stand for, then they should think seriously about finding a country where they would be more comfortable living in and reciting its Pledge and singing its anthem.