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Virginia Reporter Disses Pledge of Allegiance...

Tamara Dietrich is our local copy of an arrogant liberal. Time and again she embraces leftist lunacy and does her ablest to mimic the illogic of liberalism gone amuck. She's outdone herself this time.

Recently, a local school superintendent, upset by what he perceived to be a journalist's disrespect while not standing for the pledge of allegiance, took it upon himself to see the spokeswoman who oversees the alleged disrespecter to address the matter.

Ms. Dietrich picks it up from there:

Daily Press reporter Samieh Shalash didn't always stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at School Board meetings, he said, and while two attorneys told him that it wasn't illegal for her to remain seated, they all agreed it was disrespectful.

Stephens-Cherry duly passed on his concerns, so Shalash asked to meet her and Russo to discuss it.

Russo told Shalash that when she didn't stand for the pledge, he was personally insulted. In fact, he's insulted for every parent and child in the room.

Oddly, he told Shalash that he would respect her country's flag and merely expected her to respect his. Apparently, he was thrown by the head scarf that Shalash, a Muslim, wears.

Shalash explained that she was born and raised in Lexington, Ky. America is her country.

This account comes from Shalash, confirmed by Stephens-Cherry. I called Russo on Thursday to discuss it but, seconds after telling me that he'd be "glad to talk about it" once his spokeswoman briefed him, he called his spokeswoman and told her to relay the message he's on vacation and wouldn't talk to me at all.

OK, then.

First, Shalash says this isn't about her religion. Second, Shalash's reasons for not standing for the Pledge are immaterial.

Let me concede that Russo has every right to feel bad if someone doesn't salute a flag he cares deeply about. I care deeply about it, too.

But neither of us has the right to pressure or compel another to salute it.



She goes on to cite Hitler and then goes back nearly 70 years to a time in this country when some were forced by law to recite the pledge and those who did not were met with violence. Then with the smugness and disdain so often displayed by today's modern liberal, she ends her column with a dismissive "Lesson over."

But is it really?

If Dietrich can take the simple communication of disrespect proffered by this superintendent and turn it whole cloth into something seen by history to be vile and Hitler-esque, what would stop the superintendent of thinking in like terms as to the behavior of the journalist?

Hmm?

The idea being bally-hooed here, though less than directly, is that the superintendent is acting in a bigoted and presumptuous manner, spurred on by the journalist's wearing of a Muslim head scarf, someone who refuses to stand for the pledge of allegiance to a country that stands between her and the fascist ideology that far too many of her Islamic brethren embrace.

One wonders why Dietrich didn't do the research necessary to show that she need not go back 70 years to see who it is that is foisting Nazi-like behavior on the masses. Who is it that threatens those who believe not like they do. Who is it that turns to violence at every perceived insult or affront or claim of disrespect. Those of us who've not bought into political correctness know the answer. It is not people like this school superintendent. It is indeed the people who claim to share Shalash's faith.

Dietrich should write a column detailing why Shalash deems it necessary to stay seated during the pledge. Her answer and the beliefs that ground that answer might indeed be most material to any of us who recognize the threat posed by radical Islam. But I guess that column wouldn't fit the meme regularly imposed by Dietrich on her readers now would it?


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Added: Apr-11-2009 
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  • You are either an AMERICAN or a foreigner!
    You are with us or against us!
    Join or get out!

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  • It is not against the law to not open a door for your women. It is not against the law cuss in front of children. But if you want to show respect and be respected, these are things you should probably do. It may not be against the law to remain seated during the pledge of allegiance, but it is a small task that requires little effort, to respect the views of others. It should not come as a surprise that some are offended in a time where being offended is the norm. You can throw as much political More..

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  • It seems to me that the freedoms established by the American constitution are taken for granted. For example: What would happen if someone in Iran or China disrespected the State in such a manner? Hell, for that matter, what is she doing out of the house without a relative or permission? Women get dead for such offenses in other parts of the world.

    I don't think it is too much to ask to pledge to uphold the self-same system that tolerates hopeless liberals such as this Dietrich. I think sh More..

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  • I DO pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America! I love my country.I love my wife.
    They BOTH have faults,but there is no such thing as a perfect country OR spouse.
    Everyone has the right to refuse the pledge,but they also have the right to leave this country who's flag and morals they do not agree with.
    Am I the only American who is tired of folks that seem to hate our country but are either here against the law,or they won't go to another country if ours is so bad?

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  • What seperates us from Nazi Germany is our right NOT to pray to our flag. Doesn't mean we don't love our country but it does mean we are free from being ordered to kneel to Big Brother.

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  • OMG - the USA needs to get back to its libertarian roots - this 'Pledge of Allegiance' goes against the spirit of its wonderful constitution.

    The pledge invokes a deity - which the formulators of the constitution tried valiantly to keep out of government, and it invokes a kind of subservience to a government - but the constitution was designed to make the government the servant of the people, not the other way around.

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    • wow,,nice coming from a Commonwealth of once Great Britain. Thanks!

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    • Straw man argument - it doesn't absolve the people of the USA who are pushing this anti-constitutional "Pledge of Allegiance".

      Sure the "Pledge of Allegiance" is a nice-to-have and can invoke a great sense of pride. However making it virtually compulsory goes against the grain of all it stands for.

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  • if we saw footage of hitler youth every day simultaneously reciting a speech by memory at age 5 about how their country is more important than anything, we'd call it brainwashing.....

    just saying.

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  • Conservatives are a paradox. They espouse a doctrine of individual freedoms including removal of over-sight of the business functions that led to the total financial melt-down of the American economy and at the same time they behave like a bunch of jack-booted Fascists demanding total allegience to things. Things like the flag, things like the so-called "Pledge of ALLEGIANCE "the fascist ideology that far too many of her Islamic brethren embrace." Strange.

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    • A laughable mix of pre-conceived notions, mis-conceptions and a narrow view of the subject at hand.

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    • Aha! Me-thinks a Conservative has spoken, recognizable by the complete lack of substantive retort! LOL

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    • Pretty much.

      It's not a Conservative problem, it's a people problem. People have some funny ideas about how
      their own views are so much different those those
      that they oppose.

      They don't tend to see the hypocricy.

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    • ahhh Righties,Always conserving their nuts.

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    • You want substantive?
      Here it is.
      That flag represents that journalist's right to speak her mind, to express her opinion and yes, her right to express that opinion by refusing to stand when it is saluted.
      The fact that she can choose to openly and freely disrespect it without fear of arrest is the very reason it deserves her respect.
      It also represents the hundreds of thousands who have shed their blood to guarantee her right to openly express her disdain for all that it stands for as well as he More..

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