Speaker Ralston Responds to Charter School’s Removal of Pledge

Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement on the recent action by Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School regarding the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America:

“The Pledge of Allegiance speaks of America as ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ Seeing a taxpayer-funded school devalue those ideals is disappointing and disturbing. While I respect individual freedom of speech, I question the wisdom of administrators making our Pledge of Allegiance secondary to a school chant and rewriting our Pledge. I find it completely unbelievable that someone could have thought this was a good idea. I’m sure our House Education Committee will examine whether taxpayer funds should be used to instill such a divisive ideology in our students.”


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