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|NUMBER 200||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||SEPTEMBER 2002|
In Nebraska, Pledge Remains 'Under God' |
LINCOLN, NE - The eight-member Nebraska Board of Education passed a resolution on August 9 in support of the Pledge of Allegiance as currently written, including the words "under God." Former elementary school teacher and board member, Kathy Wilmot of Beaver City, introduced the resolution, which was unanimously approved by the board without discussion. (See excerpts from text of resolution.)
To preface her introduction, Mrs. Wilmot shared with board members a few comments from one of her constituents. "The American Flag is the symbol of the USA; loved by its bearers, respected by its friends, feared by its enemies," Wilmot quoted, "but this nation's strength does not lie in a piece of red, white and blue cloth. Rather, it lies in the common beliefs our flag represents, including the belief that we are 'one nation, under God.' If we fail to pass these beliefs on to future generations, neither our flag nor the nation she stands for will survive."
After the meeting, Mrs. Wilmot expressed satisfaction that the board acted so quickly and decisively to protect the rights of students and educators. "I'm proud that our board is standing with Governor Mike Johanns and Attorney General Don Stenburg in reminding local boards and school districts that the Pledge of Allegiance as written is legal in Nebraska's schools. Students choosing not to participate have that right, but schools should ensure that students and faculty wishing to recite the pledge may continue to do so."
Mrs. Wilmot has been a member of the State Board of Education since 1994. In addition to her teaching credentials, she is professionally qualified to work with the mentally retarded, and is active in many civic organizations including Eagle Forum.