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America is getting less American by the day.
A new Florida law provides that students can not only opt out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but they don’t even have to stand while the rest of the class recites the pledge.
The law will be implemented on July 1, and students and parents will be notified that with a parent’s written permission, students can refuse to participate in the traditional morning pledge altogether.
Schools in the Sunshine State will also have to include notice of the opt-out provision in their student handbooks.
The law is supported by the Central Florida Freethought Community, which sent letters to all 61 school districts to let them know they’ll be monitoring them closely. It was passed on behalf of atheists and non-believers.
“I think they should have to stand. It’s been like that for as long as I can remember, and I served in the Army, and I think you should respect the country you live in,” parent Scott Donahue told Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV.
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Clip via WFTV Channel 9 News Orlando.
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