The Pledge of Allegiance was established by a bipartisan Congress.  But that didn’t stop a school in Atlanta from thinking that they could make it a little better.

Did I say “a little.”  Well…  I should’ve said that they wanted to let children change it completely, into a pledge most Americans would never say.  Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School Principal Lara Zelski explained the reason for the proposed change.  And — you guessed it — it has to do with “inclusivity.”

“Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge,” she told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  They still allowed students to say the Pledge — good of them, no?  — but at a later time, and only if they wanted.  Oh, and it gets better.  She decided to let the teachers and students come up with something “better.”

“Teachers and the K-5 leadership team will be working with students to create a school pledge that we can say together at morning meeting,” that “will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family, community, country and our global society,” she explained.

The thing about “inclusivity” is that it never includes everyone.  This new pledge would only include students who believed the left-wing ideology of the leaders of this school system.  The Pledge of Allegiance was established by both political parties, and school administrators should not take it upon themselves to change it.

Nor should they use students as political pawns.

Thankfully, their change didn’t last long.  Within a day, the decision was reversed.

“I think parents should take heart … in that the administration was forced to change their minds and go back to having the Pledge of Allegiance,” conservative analyst Janice Crouse said. “And I think parents can learn from this that they do need to speak out, and they do need to know what’s going on so that they can speak out.”

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Paul Villanueva II

Hat Tip: Eagle News

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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