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September 28, 2018



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I read in the Talon that Aztec Schools’ Superintendent Kirk Carpenter is a fan of the Old Glory—that red, white, and blue cloth with alternating stripes and stars that people salute and pledge to with words originally written by Francis Bellamy, a Christian Socialist minister. Christian Socialists believe that Capitalism is idolatrous and based on greed. The pledge mentions the flag but goes on to talk of what this sewed together piece of cloth represents. This is a Republic, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Yet Mr. Carpenter appears in his fan zeal to be prejudiced in that he apparently formed his opinion before evaluating all of the facts.

To have prejudice or bigotry according to Siri refers to “preconceived, usually unfavorable, feelings towards people or a person because of the sex, gender, beliefs, values, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality, beauty, occupation, education, criminality, sport team affiliation or other personal characteristics”.

Fan derives from fanatic. This is defined as a “person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause”.

Liberty is defined as “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views”. Justness is “fairness and reasonableness”.

It is fine for Mr. Carpenter to choose not to buy a Nike product for himself and he is free to go out and burn any of his personal Nike products but when he takes his personal beliefs and imposes them on the school district he is way out of line. He, in his paid official capacity, is not exempted from abiding by the rights granted in the Constitution. He, by boycotting Nike and publicly demeaning Kaepernick, becomes an embarrassment to the students and district and throws away his professionalism and ability to represent the taxpaying public. His example here represents to the students and public that prejudice and bigotry are good and that it is okay not to be a nation indivisible but instead he promotes a nation divided where people in authority can mandate who has liberty or rights and who does not. These actions imply it is okay to be the bully and force ones’ personal beliefs upon others.

As an added note, under God, was added to the pledge under Eisenhower in 1954. Communism was rampant and Godless in the world. All religions and all Gods were under threat in communist countries. I point out that the wording is not under “Christian” God but “under God” any God that any citizen in the United States of America chooses to worship. And citizens are free, so far, to do just that without bigots in authority preventing them from doing so. It is, also, interesting that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God found in the Christian Bible’s Old Testament.

It is time for Mr. Carpenter to move on. - Jack W. Scott, Aztec

 

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