The Pledge of Allegiance was dealt another blow when a California community college ceased its use before meetings.
The decision was made by Robert Miller, the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees president. The reason he gave for banning the act was that the Pledge of Allegiance was “steeped in expressions of nativism and white nationalism.”
“I assume full responsibility for the decision not to recite the Pledge of Allegiance,” Miller wrote in an email to former instructor Celeste Barber, an email that College Reform obtained. In the mail he admits that the the “Pledge is an example of good writing,” before adding that he “decided to discontinue use of the Pledge of Allegiance for reasons related to its history and symbolism.”
That’s where it all goes downhill. Miller claimed that, “Expressions for support for the Pledge of Allegiance in 1890 sound eerily similar to the ugly racist, anti-immigrant expressions we hear today,” alleging that today’s rhetoric is somehow inherently racist.
If attacking the American people wasn’t enough, Miller also took issue with religion as part of his reasoning for discontinuing the practice.
“I also object to the phrase ‘one nation under God.’ The First Amendment not only protects freedom of speech and religion, it also expressly prohibits laws that establish a religion,” Miller noted. “I disagree with the 1955 act of Congress to add this phrase to the Pledge of Allegiance.”
It turns out that the email’s recipient had the perfect answer to Miller’s disgusting claims, “If my father’s generation of young men were willing to stake their lives on this republic, how could I not recite one single sentence professing allegiance to our country?” Well said Celeste, well said.