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.
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?
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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