At a time when we so often hear about the wrongdoings of our youth, it’s good to know an event such as this is well-attended. Those kids should be commended for their actions.
Joining hands and praying around a flagpole in front of school in the early morning hours is not for everyone, and that’s OK. If it’s not for you, no problem — but for those who do want to participate, we applaud the school for giving them the opportunity to do so.
It’s unfortunate that society dictates whether or not we can allow activities pertaining to politics and religion to continue. From saying the Pledge of Allegiance in our classrooms or a prayer before a sporting event, there are many who think these traditions shouldn’t be allowed. We agree that people shouldn’t be forced to participate, but we also believe those that want to should be able to do so.
The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 4934 requiring classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. At the same time, the bill prohibits compelling a student to recite the pledge.
We are fortunate to live in the greatest country in the world, and we are afforded many freedoms. Having the opportunity to express them by saying the Pledge of Allegiance in our classrooms or praying in front of the school should be a right for those who wish to participate.
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