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FALLS CHURCH, VA – A solitary student at the Justice High School graduation ceremony for 2021 decided to replace the word “God” with “Allah” while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
While the school came forth and noted that this was an unsanctioned substitution utilized by the young graduate, a five-person panel on Newsmax were particularly incensed over this high school graduate’s antics.
A Virginia student shook up the traditional method of citing the Pledge of Allegiance: https://t.co/LazOPJjHoO
— Newsmax (@newsmax) June 11, 2021
On June 7th, Justice High School held their graduation ceremony for the class of 2021, where a student standing before the podium and leading the Pledge of Allegiance said the phrase “one nation under Allah,” as opposed to saying the word “God”.
A spokesperson for the school, Lucy Caldwell, afforded the following statement after some eyebrows were raised at the substitution employed by the graduate:
“The school division did not endorse nor pre-approve the change in wording to the pledge of allegiance at the Justice HS graduation ceremony.”
A five-person panel on Newsmax hosted a seven-minute segment on the matter, with the segment contributors bemoaning the student’s substitution.
MoneyTalk with Melanie host Melanie Collette opined the following about the antics:
“My jaw dropped. That’s an absolute disgrace. And especially for the student to pull that at the last minute and not tell anybody that’s what they were going to do – that’s an absolute disgrace.
You’re doing The Pledge on behalf of a group of people, you’re supposed to be doing it on their behalf. That’s ridiculous.”
Amanda Makki proclaimed that this student’s use of the word “Allah” instead of “God” during the Pledge of Allegiance was emblematic of President Biden promoting some sort of lawlessness:
“It kind of makes you wonder if this is where President Biden has made it so easy for people to just do whatever they want and say the things that they want – irrespective of the laws and the rules. Look, we’re a Judeo-Christian nation and our Pledge of Allegiance says ‘one nation under God’ – and it has since 1942.”
“So the fact that these people have taken it upon themselves to change what speech they’re going to give at graduation or change the words of the Pledge of Allegiance – uh, that’s wrong. And again, it’s ‘one nation under God’, not Allah – not anyone else.”
While Christianity is certainly the dominant practiced religion in the United States, and much of the principles the Founding Fathers touted dovetailed with Judeo-Christian values, it’s also a bit of an over-generalization to proclaim that the country was founded upon and is thus a Judeo-Christian nation.
That aside, while it’s understandable why someone such as Makki would be incensed by replacing the word “God” with “Allah” during a reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance – her expressing that outrage in the same breath as saying people are saying “the things that they want – irrespective of the laws” is also a bit absurd.
But Makki went even further in this segment, suggesting that the student who invoked Allah during the Pledge of Allegiance should be stripped of her diploma, which Makki bolstered this position after also mentioning the high school student in Texas who used her platform to speak about her disdain over a recent abortion law in the state:
“They get some notoriety; they get some fame – but I say strip them of their diplomas. Make them learn a hard lesson that you can’t go off-script, if something has been approved – that’s what you’re going to say. Because otherwise you’re going to have copycats do it and we’re already seeing that happen.”
While it’s easy to agree with the notion that replacing the word “God” with “Allah” is in some degree an exercise of poor taste when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s also a pretty bad take to suggest that a student should have their diploma stripped from them for exercising their First Amendment.
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In other news pertaining to the Pledge of Allegiance, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report in February of Rep. Jerry Nadler denying the request to begin Judiciary Committee meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Here’s that previous report.
WASHINGTON, DC – House Judiciary Chairman Representative Jerry Nadler reportedly denied the request brought up by Representative Matt Gaetz where the Republican representing Florida had asked to have the Judiciary Committee start each session with the Pledge of Allegiance.
I offered an Amendment to add the Pledge of Allegiance to our Judiciary Committee procedures in the spirit of national unity.
Every Democrat voted “no.”
Several mocked me for making the suggestion.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 5, 2021
The reasoning behind the request being denied was that Representative Nadler cited that the House already starts their day with the Pledge of Allegiance and that once is essentially enough.
When crafting the request, Representative Gaetz noted that, “in the spirit of national unity and pride,” the Judiciary Committee should start each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Representative Gaetz explained that with the divisiveness present in modern politics and discourse, the Judiciary Committee engaging in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to each meeting could serve as a, “great unifying patriotic moment.”
I proposed that we begin each meeting of the House Judiciary Committee by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 4, 2021
Representative Nadler responded with the following:
“It’s unnecessary. The House begins every day with the Pledge of Allegiance, we are covered by that.”
To Representative Nadler’s credit, the House does indeed recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the onset of their endeavors each day – and said practice has been ongoing since becoming a part of the House daily order of business in 1988.
The House Judiciary Chairman’s take on the request continued from there, noting that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance additionally throughout the day is, “not in our practice to do so.”
From there, Representative Nadler reiterated once more that the Pledge is already “covered”:
“I appreciate the gentleman’s suggestion, but we are covered by the House. We all say the Pledge of Allegiance every day.”
The response online to Representative Gaetz after he tweeted out a video clip showcasing some of the interaction between himself and the House Judiciary Chairman hasn’t exactly been the kindest.
Numerous responses alleged that Representative Gaetz was trying to drum up outrage or that he was essentially “virtue signaling”.
I believe this is what some might call “virtue-signalling”. https://t.co/LAzs7CnC2S
— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) February 4, 2021
Furthermore, pretty much anyone within the comments section chiming in with sentiments that approved of Representative Gaetz’s request to Representative Jerry Nadler were effectively dogpiled on with snide remarks.
One Twitter user wrote:
“Representative Gaetz, I agree that the pledge of allegiance should be given at the beginning of the committee meeting. It would be a way of building a bridge…what happened to healing and bringing the country back together Dem’s didn’t even last a month.”
They pledge allegiance at the beginning of each day. Reciting the pledge repeatedly does seem unnecessary. Actions speak louder, saying something over & over does not make it true. Just showboating for the gulible.
— RA (@rosa_alba) February 5, 2021
To which another user responded with:
“They pledge allegiance at the beginning of each day. Reciting the pledge repeatedly does seem unnecessary. Actions speak louder, saying something over & over does not make it true. Just showboating for the [gullible].”
While some comments levied toward Representative Gaetz, and his supporters, were a bit more crude and reaching – the general notion featured in many of the comments criticizing Representative Gaetz’s request was that an additional reciting of the Pledge isn’t really necessary.
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