Thursday, December 16, 2004

Estes Pledge Dispute

Estes Park, Colorado is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, about 20 miles from my home. It is a mountain town that shares it's parks and lakes with elk, deer and other wildlife.
But, Estes Park has become a battleground over the Pledge of Allegiance.
During town council meetings, Trustee David Habecker refuses to say the pledge or, even stand for it. I respect Mr. Habecker's right not to say the pledge but, he should respect others and stand while they do. I do, however, defend his actions as I would any form of free speech.
Now, the problem is another trustee named Lori Jeffrey-Clark makes this idiotic statement:

"I said it's his constitutional right, but there are consequences," said Jeffrey-Clark, who voted for Habecker and sat next to him at meetings for four years.

So, in Estes Park, exerting your constitutional rights brings consequences. Consequences, I might add, from right-wingnut scum.
Mr. Habecker is facing a recall and from what I can gather from the many people I know there...he doesn't have much to worry about. Not as much as Lori Jeffrey-Clark.

Estes pledge dispute

Trustee refuses to say oath, faces recall vote

By Deborah Frazier, Rocky Mountain News
December 8, 2004

Estes Park Trustee David Habecker may lose his seat in a recall for sitting silently during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Habecker, a former president of the Lion's Club and a town trustee for 12 years, said he objects to the words under God. More>>>


At 12/24/2004 12:27 AM , Blogger hippyguy said...

There's one constitutional law that everyone seems to ignore, but that was taken very seriously when our country was founded. Treason used to earn a death sentence, and it was reserved for people who hate this country as much as you do. ONe more thing. The belief in God is not a religion. Most people believe in a higher being, but this alone does not constitute a religion, any more than one could consider atheism a religion. Therefore, trying to get things like the plege of allegiance changed simply because it mentions God is entirely rediculous, and it has nothing to do with the separation of church and state. In fact, our entire country was based on the belief in a higher being. Besides, what could be more stuck-up than to think of oneself as the greatest living being.

At 12/24/2004 1:53 AM , Blogger ProgressivePatriot said...

Why do you suppose the republiscum changed the Pledge in the first place?? Do you know?? I doubt it.


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