Texas Student: Punished For Not Reciting Pledge To Mexican Flag

This girl is being raised right. I’m proud of her. Prometo fedilidad, a la bandera, de los Estados Unidos de America, y a la republica, que symbolisa, una nacion, bajo Dios, indivisble, con libertad y justicia, para todos! She offered to recite this, the American Pledge but was denied. This should be an easy case, since the requirement was specifically the Mexican pledge, in a Spanish language class. That proves a bias existed, since the teacher didn’t authorize the American pledge in Spanish.

A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance.

The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.

Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country.

Ironically, the school district has a policy that prohibits a school from compelling students to recite the American Pledge of Allegiance.

The district also has a written policy that excuses students from reciting text from the Declaration of Independence if the student “as determined by the district, has a conscientious objection to the recitation.”
“There is a sad trend in public schools across our nation to undermine American patriotism,” said Richard Thompson president of the Thomas More Law Center. “But it’s encouraging to see students like Brenda stand up for America despite pressure from school officials.”

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When Brinsdon refused to back down – she was punished, the lawsuit alleges. She was given an alternative assignment on the Independence of Mexico. The teacher gave her a failing grade – and then required the student to sit in class over a period of several days to listen to other students recite the Mexican flag.

The lawsuit states Brinsdon offered to recite the American pledge in Spanish but the teacher refused her request.
“It’s astonishing that this Texas school would deny Brenda her right of conscience and free speech not to pledge allegiance to a foreign country,” said Thompson. “Too many Americans – including those of Mexican descent – have suffered and died protecting our nation.”

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4 Responses to Texas Student: Punished For Not Reciting Pledge To Mexican Flag

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    Nuts.

    On a related note, these days I am not inclined to pledge allegiance to anything or anyone who isn’t willing to pledge allegiance right back at me.

    Merriam Webster’s first definition of allegiance: “the obligation of a feudal vassal to his liege lord.” Hmmmmmm. I ain’t doing that.

    Second definition: “the fidelity owed by a subject or citizen to a sovereign or government” I’ll be honest, I don’t much care for that either.

    Third definition: “devotion or loyalty to a person, group, or cause…” Okay, maybe. Let’s see….

    “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”

    What does allegiance to a flag mean? I’ll be honest, it isn’t even clear to me what that entails.

    “…and to the republic for which it stands…”

    Yeah, okay, to that I have a “devotion and loyalty”. And, yeah, it’s a republic… if we can keep it.

    “…one nation…”

    Don’t get confused regarding your state. It is just a political subdivision of the one nation.

    “…under God…”

    I wonder.

    “…indivisible…”

    Yeah, that is the argument. If some folks push to hard, we will find out if it is truly indivisible.

    “…with liberty and justice for all.”

    …with rapidly diminishing quantities of liberty and justice for all.

    I gotta tell ya, I ain’t reciting the US pledge of allegiance with much fire in my belly these days. Just going through the motions.

    • notamobster says:

      I’ve always thought that our kids (hell, everyone) should pledge allegiance to the Constitution.

      I get where you’re coming from. I’m not one for blind nationalism. There’s a guy near here who flies the state flag, with the Gadsden. I like the sentiment.

      ____________________________

      The modern liberal pledge:

      “I pledge to like my country when I like who’s in charge, and to the people from all different lands, whether legal or undocumented, alike. One nation, under funded, with privileges and social justice for all.”

      • slinger says:

        Nota, your quote “whether legal or undocumented” reminded me of something I heard on the radio the other day …

        “My guns are not illegal … they’re just undocumented”

        I thought that was a good line :-)

  2. locke n load says:

    Well guys, this IS the McAllen school district, its basically Mexico. McAllen down to Brownsville and up to Eagle Pass is about 80% hispanic. And although everyone gets along great, theres a bit of an undercurrent of “its ours now” hiding in the edges. I know a lot of folks in Laredo pretty well, I’m there often, and they’re always joking the ‘brown eyes’ are taking it back. Its only half a joke. I can of course remind them what a ‘brown eye’ is about 30 minutes north and that always gets a disgusted laugh, but the fact is they understand their power on the border. They still see themselves as Americans and even Texans, but they cling to the heritage thing like Italians in the ’20s Bronx.

    McAllen is one of those Tx towns that will line up to fight a more expansive border fence. We already have one down there, runs into Brownsville and looks like a pain in the butt to circumvent without a shovel but no matter. The border towns that would encourage this screwy cross border nationalism are the ones that most rely on huge daily labor and trade flows through their districts. Its pretty hard to tell who’s legal, who’s not, and who’s just running for the shuttles. Its the wild west in a lot of ways, only it more resembles the early days of Tx when we were moving into the midst of the natives. That makes this little girl’s position all the more remarkable. She’s absolutely outnumbered by those who actually see the town as a rich suburb of Reynosa,Mx.

    Not that its relevant to the story, but McAllen down to Brownsville is a BIG cartel traffic corridor.

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