Requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance has been a controversial practice in American schools for decades. Courts in multiple states have repeatedly upheld the recital of the pledge in public schools as constitutional. Still, many take issue with “one nation under God” or the fact that any expression of patriotism is required in schools at all.
According to a report from Fox News, one college professor has been challenging his students to grapple with the issues and controversies surrounding this practice by making students recite a satirical “New Pledge” that pushes his own progressive politics. It reads: “I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States Against Anything Un-American, and to the Republicans for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, tree huggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants, and you if you don’t watch your step.”
Professor Charles Angeletti issued the assignment in his American Civilization class at Metropolitan State University of Denver this year, as he’s been doing for the past 20 years.
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Despite the long-running nature of the assignment, Angeletti’s “New Pledge” recently appeared in a report on Campus Reform with accusations that the professor was unfairly biased and refused to allow others to express differing political views.
“This was an attempt to propagandize an entire classroom of young adults,” said Steven Farr, a student in Angeletti’s class.
Angeletti refuted Farr’s accusations, claiming that the flyer was intended to stimulate discussion about the problems facing the nation.
“We’re very racist, we’re very repressive, we’re very Christian-oriented, we don’t tolerate other kinds of thinking in this country,” Angeletti said. "I could go on and on — and do in my classes for hours about things that we need to do to make this a better country."
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Sources: Fox News, Campus Reform / Photo Credit: Campus Reform