Oh my USA

So now to be Atheist means to be denied healthcare? How insane is that? With all the bigotry and discrimination allowed by the pro-christian things out there now we Atheist can not receive healthcare?
Well maybe I am making a mountain out of a molehill since it is only a school student. A child being denied healthcare by a school nurse.
This is just disgusting.
An eighth grader from Wilson Middle School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania was sitting in the nurse’s office last Thursday, waiting to be treated, when the Pledge of Allegiance was recited over the intercom.

The student chose not to stand for personal reasons… which apparently infuriated the nurse to the point that she refused to help the student. According to a letter sent to the District by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center,

The school nurse ordered everyone present to stand up, but the student remained seated as she typically does. She reports that subsequently, when it was her turn to be seen by the nurse, the nurse asked loudly, “Why didn’t you stand for the Pledge?” The student replied that the Pledge exercise is voluntary and that no explanation for opting out is needed. Shockingly, the nurse responded by ordering her out of the room, yelling, “Fine! Then leave! I have the right to not service you!”

The student reports that she left the nurse’s office in tears and went to the administrative offices to call her mother. A secretary then led the student to an office, but at that time the same nurse appeared again, saying, “She isn’t calling a parent until I have a long conversation with her!”

A school counselor arrived by this time and took the student to his office, where he told her that if she didn’t want to say the Pledge, she could stand in the hallway… which isn’t how it works. You can sit during the Pledge in a classroom, in a nurse’s office, or anywhere else. You don’t have to participate.

The AHA’s Monica Miller explained the seriousness of this situation:

To say that the actions of school district staff in this situation have inflicted trauma upon this child would be an understatement. She was bullied and subjected to public embarrassment for doing nothing more than harmlessly exercising her constitutional rights. The actions of the nurse are indefensible, as she provides an example of the kind of overzealous, dangerous patriotism that any true patriot would loathe. The student was left angry and scarred by this mean-spirited hostility, which is only made worse by the fact that it came from a person trusted with the health and well being of students. Moreover, the nurse’s refusal to give the child medical attention calls into question her fitness for the job.

Among other things, the AHA is asking the District to remind students and staff that saying the Pledge (and standing for it) is optional and for them to issue a “public written apology” for how they treated this student.


Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/04/09/after-an-eighth-grader-stayed-seated-during-the-pledge-of-allegiance-the-school-nurse-refused-to-treat-her/#ixzz3X3rX3E72


Watch a very interesting comment here.


8 thoughts on “Oh my USA

  1. I’m confused… where did it come out that she is supposedly an Atheist and that was the reason not to assist her? The pledge of allegiance is to the Flag, not to God… though it does say “under God” in it and I know many Atheists have issues with that particular line. Not saying I think the nurse had any right to treat the student like she did… In fact, it infuriates me that a nurse would act that way… I’m just wondering at the religious themed statements at the start of the post that don’t appear to be supported later…?


      1. The youtube link
        And for opting out as a humanist and or atheist for the action is implied and if you read the letters to the humanist defense group links provided in the original story and now here you may see the underlying thread that the under god part of the pledge just like the in god we trust part are both added later much much later and are a violation of the separation of church and state that the USA is so keen on.

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