Denver School Takes God out of Pledge of Allegiance
A Denver school guidance counselor created an uproar when she took the phrase “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Altered Pledge of Allegiance stuns students (Washington Times)
The students in Vincent Pulciani’s seventh-grade class were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance this week when they heard the voice over the intercom say something they’d never heard before, at least not during the Pledge. Instead of “one nation, under God,” the voice said, “one nation, under your belief system.”
Margo Lucero, the eighth-grade guidance counselor at the school, substituted the phrase “under your belief system” as she led the recitation of the Pledge on Wednesday. After irate phone calls poured in from parents, Principal Kathleen Norton, who normally leads the Pledge but was out of the building at the time, apologized to students Thursday and sent home letters of apology yesterday.
Meanwhile, Jefferson County School District spokesman Rick Kaufman was engaged in damage control, describing Miss Lucero’s decision to rewrite the Pledge as “inappropriate” and stressing that she had acted independently, without consulting the district or other school officials.
Mr. Kaufman said Miss Lucero had been spurred by the date, April 20, the sixth anniversary of the Columbine High School slayings. Both Columbine and Everitt are within the Jefferson County school district. “The day was the sixth anniversary of Columbine, and she felt she should be all-inclusive, so she replaced the word ‘God,'” he said.
Obviously, re-writing the Pledge is outside the purview of a school guidance counselor. Of course, the idea that a national patriotic ritual should include phraseology that’s offensive to a substantial number of Americans is rather bizarre to begin with.