|Parents upset over 'leftist propaganda' video|
|Education » Principal apologizes for showing 'I Pledge' to students|
By Lisa Schencker The Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune
|Updated:09/02/2009 10:07:30 AM MDT|
A school principal has apologized for showing a video at an assembly that a politically conservative group leader is calling "radical, leftist propaganda."
Children at Eagle Bay Elementary School in Farmington were shown a short video called "I pledge" on Aug. 28. The video opens with an image of President Barack Obama and part of a speech in which he says, "Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other." The video then features celebrities making pledges about how they will help the president and the world -- and that's where some say the problem lies.
Many pledges, such as supporting local food banks, smiling more, and caring for the elderly are noncontroversial. But other pledges, such as "to never give anyone the finger when I'm driving again," "to sell my obnoxious car and buy a hybrid" and to advance stem cell research cross the line, some say.
"Showing the video in a public school is completely inappropriate," said Jennifer Cieslewicz, whose daughter is a first-grader at the school. "I don't believe a video such as this that promotes certain values should be shown to elementary students, especially without parents being aware. "
Chris Williams, Davis School District spokesman, said school principal Ofelia Wade and school PTA leaders decided to show the video as part of an assembly about the school's theme for the year, service. He said the PTA board chose the video and Wade did not see it before it was shown in the assembly.
"It got to a point where she turned to her assistant and said, 'Oops, I wish I would have seen this before. I don't think I would have shown it,' " Williams said. He said Wade could see how some adults might find the video political.
"She acknowledges she was wrong and apologizes for it and says she's sorry," Williams said. Attempts to reach school PTA leaders Tuesday evening were unsuccessful.
Williams said Wade plans to send a letter home to parents Wednesday about the issue.
Gayle Ruzicka, president of conservative Utah Eagle Forum, said the video was blatantly political. She said other offensive pledges included, "I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama," "I pledge allegiance to the funk, to the united funk of funkadelica," and pledges to not use plastic grocery bags and not flush the toilet after urinating.
"It's very inappropriate to show a radical, leftist propaganda piece that political to children," Ruzicka said. "If parents want their children to learn about those things and do them in the home, wonderful, fine, but it's not the place of the school to show a one-sided propaganda piece to children without parents knowing about it."
Cieslewicz said such values should be decided in the home, not at school.
"They shouldn't be troubling our youth with the woes of the world and making them feel like we're in slavery or they have to worry about how many times they flush the toilet or if they have a plastic water bottle," Cieslewicz said, referring to pledges in the video to "end slavery."
Ruzicka said she contacted local media about the video after receiving complaints from several parents. Ruzicka said she worried the video's messages would confuse children whose parents might choose to use plastic bags when shopping or who want their children to flush the toilet after every use. Also she said she didn't like a pledge "to be of service to Barack Obama" as he is here to serve Americans, not the other way around.
Ruzicka said she'd like to see the school district send a link to the video to all parents before an upcoming back-to-school night so they can voice their opinions and discuss it with their children.
Give Us Liberty followers can see the video below:
PLEDGE TO BE THE SERVANT OF BARACK OBAMA? REALLY?...WHAT RUBBISH..WHAT DRIBBLE...LAUGHABLE! BETTER PACK YOUR BAGS OBOTS BECAUSE I PLEDGE THAT I AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS ARE GOING TO KICK SOETORO'S FRAUDULENT SORRY ASS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND INTO A FEDERAL PRISON...THAT'S ASSUMING HE AND HIS UNGRATEFUL WIFE DON'T SUDDENLY FLEE THE COUNTRY. MY GUESS IS THAT HE WILL END UP IN SAUDI ARABIA.
I CAN SEE IT NOW. AS THE NOOSE TIGHTENS...BARRY AND HIS FAMILY (POOR GIRLS) FLEES TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND DOES NOT RETURN TO AIR FORCE ONE AT THE APPOINTED TIME. HA HA HA...PROBLEM IS HOWEVER THAT HE HAS ALL THE SECURITY CODES AND HE LEAVES AMERICA IN CHAOS AND EXTREMELY VULNERABLE! WHAT A NICE GUY! PERSONALLY, IT WOULD BE BETTER IF AN HONORABLE JUDGE WOULD ISSUE AN ARREST WARRANT AND THE FEDERAL MARSHALLS REMOVE HIM FROM THE OVAL OFFICE AND CART HIM OFF TO JAIL!
ONE THING IS FOR SURE; PEOPLE WHO THINK WITH THEIR BRAINS AND USE COMMON SENSE CAN SEE WITH THEIR OWN LYING EYES THAT THIS IS THE MOST DESPICABLE CREATURE TO SET FOOT IN THE WHITE HOUSE. HE IS A DEVIOUS, NARCISSISTIC, EVIL, ANTI-AMERICAN, RACIST, ANTI-CHRISTIAN MARXIST WHO IS INTENT ON DESTROYING AMERICA. AND HE IS DOING A DAMN GOOD JOB PISSING ON THE CONSTITUTION. HE HAS NO RESPECT FOR YOU OR ME. HE DESPISES EVERYTHING THIS COUNTRY STANDS FOR AND HE IS DETERMINED TO OPPRESS US AND CONTROL OUR LIVES.
DAMN HIM! "SERVANT TO BARACK OBAMA." WHAT A JOKE. IT'S NOT EVEN HIS REAL NAME! GET WITH IT PEOPLE! HE IS NOT CONSTITUTIONALLY QUALIFIED TO BE POTUS. THUS, HE IS NOT OUR PRESIDENT!
THE OBOTS ON THIS VIDEO ARE THE KIND OF STUPID AND IGNORANT NITWITS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR VOTING THIS GUY INTO THE WHITE HOUSE! NOW IT'S TIME TO CLEAN UP THE MESS THAY MADE AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!
REMEMBER BARRY, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE PEOPLE EXPOSE YOU TO BE THE CRIMINAL YOU ARE. YOU HAVE PERPETRATED THE GREATEST CRIME AGAINST AMERICA AND HER FREEDOM-LOVING CITIZENS EVER! AND YOU WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. YOU HAVE A MALEVOLENT HEART AND YOUR ACTIONS ARE EVIL!
SLOWLY BUT SURELY THOUGH YOUR WORLD IS CRUMBLING AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE LEARN THE TRUTH. SOON EVERYONE WILL COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT YOU ARE A FRAUD. IN FACT YOUR ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE! LET'S FACE IT BARRY, YOU HAVE TOO MANY FIRES RAGING EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK AND EVERY DAY YOU CONTINUE TO DIG A DEEPER HOLE FOR YOURSELF!
YOU'RE NOT AN AMERICAN BARRY: YOU KNOW IT, WE KNOW IT, THE WORLD KNOWS IT AND SOON ALL OF AMERICA WILL KNOW IT. AS SUCH, WE WILL NOT STAND IDLY AND WATCH YOU CRAM YOUR PERVERTED IDEOLOGY DOWN OUR THROATS, AS YOU HYPOCRITICALLY LIVE HIGH ON TAX PAYER'S MONEY.
YOU HAVE DIVIDED THIS COUNTRY WHILE DEMEANING AMERICA AND APPEASING OUR ENEMIES! YOU WILL BE GONE SOON BECAUSE YOU ARE A TRAITOR! COME TO THINK OF IT BARRY...YOU ARE AMERICA'S NUMBER ONE ENEMY!
THE REVOLUTION IS IMMINENT!