California High School Punishes Student For Not Saying ‘Under God’ In Pledge Of Allegiance (VIDEO)

A California high school is practically begging to be sued in court after school officials punished a student for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance without the words “under God.”

West High School in Tracy, California tasked 17-year-old Derek Giardina with leading the entire school in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance to fulfill the state education requirement of patriot exercises. But because he is an agnostic, Giardina dropped ‘under God’ from the Pledge and administrators punished him for not saying it in what the school calls “the traditional way.” Giardina told CBS Sacramento:

“I think it’s very wrong that you get disciplinary actions for thinking for yourself. Personally I wouldn’t say the pledge at all, because I’m not necessarily very patriotic, and I’m not religious. There’s something disciplinary happening because of my religious beliefs.”

Giardina says his grade was docked considerably and he was given detention. The school, of course, is standing by their actions and claims there is an alternative that Giardina could have chosen to do instead of saying the Pledge in the announcements. School spokesman Sam Strube made that claim, but didn’t reveal what exactly the alternative is or what it entails. Instead, he claimed the school respects all religious beliefs or the lack thereof and accused Giardina of forcing his beliefs upon his classmates.

“A public forum where you’re going to represent the school is not a place where you can voice a controversial issue and force that on other people. Students are given that choice [the alternative], and so if you’re representing the school and you’re reading the announcements to the class, you can be graded on how well you read the announcements.”

But again, Strube failed to say what the alternative is. For all we know, it could be an assignment so complicated that it forces students to choose to say the Pledge.

Here’s the video via CBS Sacramento:

 

The school says that dropping ‘under God’ from the Pledge is Giardina forcing his beliefs upon other students, which is quite hypocritical since the school clearly has no problem forcing “under God” upon Giardina and other students who may be agnostic or atheist. In fact, many students had no problem with how Giardina recited the Pledge. Furthermore, the Pledge the school requires is hardly “traditional.”

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892. For 62 years, the Pledge did not include ‘under God’ as part of the recitation. It wasn’t until 1954 when conservative “Christians” forced the two words into the Pledge. But as Porky Pig demonstrates in the following video, the true traditional version of the Pledge is the pre-1954 version, the same version that Giardina recited.

In fact, the 1954 version is the only version to include the words ‘under God,’ which makes it unconstitutional because it’s a declaration of America being a Christian state, thus violating the Establishment clause of the First Amendment.