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Florida College Bans Pledge of Allegiance


Wednesday, 14 October 2015 11:50 PM

A Florida college in Tampa has banned the Pledge of Allegiance after some students, faculty and staff said it made them feel uncomfortable and violated their “academic freedom.”

Hillsborough Community College’s Institutional Advisory Committee took the action, it seems, more from a lack of enthusiasm about the time-honored ritual of patriotism than from anger or specific protests. Students also complained that it took too long to perform.

But HCC students who served in the military said they felt dishonored and insulted.
"I'm serving our country and my dad and my grandfather did, too,” said student Angela Brown. “I think it's messed up.”

Jason Rodriguez, who served 16 years in the military and now attends HCC, agreed.

“Maybe some of them have not had an opportunity to fight for their country, and know what it's really like,” said Rodriguez.

One former Marine, Scott Vosler, now an HCC student, said he and others fought to defend the very freedom the council members have to not say the pledge if they so choose.
But they could at least, he says, put their hands over their hearts and let others say the pledge out of respect.

“If you don't, then I'm sad,” said Vosler. “Because a lot of people have bled and died for you to have the freedoms that you do.”

The school's president says the administration will attend the next Institutional Advisory Committee meeting, making it clear the administration does not support the decision.

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