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September 10, 1988 | By David Hess, Inquirer Washington Bureau
In an undisguised effort to turn the Pledge of Allegiance into a political rallying cry, House Republicans yesterday called for the pledge to be recited before every session of Congress. Angered by what the speaker of the House called a "sleazy" political tactic, Democrats voted against the proposed rule change. But a short time later Speaker Jim Wright (D., Texas) announced that House sessions would be opened with the pledge. The announcement brought cheers from the packed chamber, as did his plea that the pledge not become a partisan issue.
NEWS
December 12, 1987 | By Curtis Rist, Inquirer Staff Writer
The words were said happily in Mandarin, Hindi and Romanian: "I'm an American citizen. " But in Hannah Kirchhofer's corner in the Chester County Courthouse yesterday, sign language also was used. The 6-year-old South Korean girl, adopted by an American family soon after birth, was one of 44 people to receive citizenship during naturalization ceremonies in West Chester. Most of those naturalized had learned at least enough English to get through the citizenship ceremony. But for Hannah, who has been nearly deaf since birth, the occasion was a special triumph, and her achievement was shared by her teachers and six of her hearing-impaired classmates from Fern Hill Elementary School in West Chester, who were in attendance.
NEWS
July 1, 2002
THANK YOU for your editorial "It's a Pledge, Not a Prayer. " I'm heartened to know that there is someone in a position of authority and influence willing to counter the overwhelming conventional wisdom about the 9th Circuit ruling on the religious references in the Pledge of Allegiance. Jeremy Pittman, Boston Good for you! Your paper took a brave and reasoned stand after the California court ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance. Jeffrey A. Butts, Washington, D.C. If the Pledge is unconstitutional, then money that puts food on our table and says "In God We Trust" must be unconstitutional also!
NEWS
September 22, 2005
WHEN I went to school, we read the Bible and saluted our flag with the Pledge of Allegiance. Then along came an atheist named Madalyn O'Hair, and one fell swoop took the prayer out of our schools. Now we have one man who doesn't want his child to say "under God," and a judge went along with him. We are slowly bowing to those people and granting their requests, and we are going to end up a society where our children will know nothing but terrorists and the fact that a few people are getting the right to change what we have done for many, many years.
NEWS
July 2, 2002
The federal appeals court ruling proclaiming the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional is troubling (Inquirer, June 27). I am an ardent supporter of the First Amendment and believe it was crafted in a brilliant way that protects those who choose any religion or no religion at all, yet ensures the rights of others to freely practice their faith as well. Doesn't this ruling result in exactly the type of governmental interference the founding fathers set out to prevent? Mark Otto Collingswood The Pledge of Allegiance had served us well for about 60 years before Congress' inclusion of the phrase under God made it both a patriotic oath and a public prayer (Inquirer, June 27)
NEWS
October 15, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
The Supreme Court said yesterday it will decide whether the Pledge of Allegiance recited by generations of American schoolchildren is an unconstitutional blending of church and state. The case sets up an emotional showdown over God in the public schools and in public life. It will settle whether the phrase "one nation under God" will remain a part of the patriotic oath as it is recited in most classrooms. The court will hear the case sometime next year. The justices agreed to hear an appeal involving a California atheist whose 9-year-old daughter, like most elementary school children, hears the Pledge of Allegiance recited daily.
NEWS
October 22, 2001
WHO WROTE the Pledge of Allegiance? Was it: A) A newly emancipated slave B) A Baptist Socialist C) An Italian immigrant who fought in the Civil War. If you're scratching your head, you should demand a refund from whatever elementary school you attended. But don't feel bad, we're trying to stump you to make a point. Ever since Sept. 11, Americans have struggled with overwhelming feelings of grief and rage. For solace they have reached for touchstones that have been well worn by previous generations during harder times than now. Sales of the Bible are reportedly way up. For weeks after the attack, you could get a prescription for Cipro faster than you could get an American flag.
NEWS
November 16, 2002
"Patriotism," observed outgoing Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, "comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary . . . A patriot shows their patriotism through their actions, by their choice. " Thus saying, Gov. Ventura this year vetoed a bill that would have required Minnesota schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week. Minnesota state legislators are not the only ones who erroneously believe patriotism can somehow be forced by government mandate. Post 9/11, several states have rushed to pass laws requiring schools to fly American flags and requiring students to say the pledge.
NEWS
November 1, 1988 | BY JAN C. TING
The enlightened news media dismiss the Pledge of Allegiance as a non-issue. They are wrong, and Michael Dukakis is wrong for defending his 1977 veto of a bill requiring Massachusetts teachers to lead their classes in the Pledge. The American people are entitled to judge Dukakis on his understanding of the law, his political ability and record, and his views on eduction and values. His veto of the Flag Pledge bill and his continuing defense of that veto give us valuable insight in all those areas, insight we can and should use next Tuesday.
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March 19, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Directed by Robert Schwentke. With Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Jeff Daniels, and Miles Teller. Distributed by Summit Entertainment. Running time: 1 hour, 46 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (violence, adult themes). Playing at: Area theaters.
NEWS
March 18, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
WITH THE penultimate installment of the "Divergent" franchise, "Allegiant," opening today, moviegoers will be able to enjoy two new characters beloved by fans of Veronica Roth 's books - Matthew, played by Bill Skarsgard and Nita, played by Nadia Hilker . Both are excited at being part of such a big franchise, where the fanbase, cast of stars, budget and expectations are all huge. "It kind of felt like going to Disneyland," Hilker recently told Tattle Los Angeles correspondent Jerome Maida . "Expectations were so big and there were so many people and costumes and extras.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Police Officer Jesse Hartnett was released from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center on Friday, 15 days after he was seriously injured when he was ambushed and shot in West Philadelphia by a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. Hartnett, who suffered three gunshot wounds to his left arm, has undergone several surgeries but was cleared to return home Friday. It remained unclear, however, when he will return to work. "He's healthy enough to be home and spend time with his family, but he still has a long road ahead of him for recovery," said Officer Christine O'Brien, a Police Department spokeswoman.
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | BY AUBREY WHELAN MARI A. SCHAEFER JEREMY ROEBUCK & STEPHANIE FARR, Staff Writers
HOURS AFTER he shot a Philadelphia police officer with a stolen police firearm Thursday night, Edward Archer confessed to investigators that he had acted "in the name of Islam," authorities said. "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State, and that's why I did what I did," Archer told detectives, according to Homicide Capt. James Clark. Investigators are still working to determine whether the 30-year-old Yeadon man had any ties to terrorist groups or whether he had acted alone.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
ISSUE | PLEDGE Don't brainwash kids What Mark Smith recalls with pride I find deeply disturbing for a nation that is dedicated to freedom of speech and thought ("Vision behind sometimes controversial Pledge," Monday). Smith recalled his 2-year-old son solemnly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, which he had learned at play school, when they drove past an American flag. At that age, the child could barely speak full sentences, let alone make a decision about his beliefs and digest the propaganda of pledging allegiance to the flag of a nation "under God" that supposedly provides "liberty and justice for all. " For Smith, a university professor, to be proud of the brainwashing of his toddler is shameful and even un-American.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
*  ALLEGIANCE . 10 Thursdays, NBC10. NBC's "Allegiance" brings its reluctant Russian spies - and their CIA agent son - to Philadelphia Thursday. Besides including a cameo for Mayor Nutter, the show, which filmed two episodes here in October, takes viewers inside a local landmark most Philadelphians have seen only from the outside. The Masonic Temple on North Broad Street is the focus of a storyline in which the spies are racing the feds to retrieve something from City Hall on a Sunday without being detected.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Monmouth County, N.J., lawsuit alleging that the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance violated the rights of an atheist schoolchild and sought to have them stricken has been dismissed. For a local high school senior, that was good news indeed. Samantha Jones, 18, who attends Highland Regional High School; her parents; and two of her siblings had intervenor status in American Humanist Association v. Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District . The decision "does affirm our right to say under God in the Pledge of Allegiance," Jones said.
NEWS
September 25, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blackwood teenager Samantha Jones grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words under God , and she is willing to go to court for the right to keeping saying those words. "This is about our freedom as Americans," Jones said. The people who want to see those words taken out of the pledge would say the same thing. Jones, an 18-year-old Highland Regional High School senior, her parents, and her younger sister and brother learned this week that they have been granted intervenor status in a Superior Court case that contends that reciting the pledge violates the rights of atheists and humanists.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2013 | By Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press
Other U.S. airlines have struggled over the last decade with the ups and downs of the economy and the price of jet fuel, but Allegiant Air has been profitable for 10 straight years. The tiny airline focuses on a niche others ignore: It flies only from small cities, including Allentown, Harrisburg, and Scranton in Pennsylvania, to sunny vacation spots. Allegiant entices people with low fares and nonstop flights. Then it aggressively pitches them hotels, rental cars, show tickets, and other entertainment, earning millions in commissions.
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