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Yahoos Threaten to Kill Sioux Falls School Board and Families over Pledge of Allegiance

Want to know who's un-American? Jerks who call Sioux Falls school board members and threaten to kill their families:

Some board members and their families say they’ve received threats after a Nov. 12 vote that requires middle schools to recite the Pledge daily. A group of veterans wanted the district to make it mandatory in high schools as well, and national media coverage of the issue has brought a flurry of complaints.

Now, only the board members’ email addresses are on the district’s website, along with a phone number for the school district’s general offices.

Todd Thoelke said he received death threats by phone among the more than 100 phone calls and 100 emails from all over the country. One said they would come to his home and “eliminate” him and his “un-American family” [Beth Wischmeyer, "School Board Members Say They Have Been Receiving Death Threats after Pledge Controversy," that Sioux Fals paper, 2013.11.19].

I disagree with the Sioux Falls School Board's Pledge policy. I think they should get with the Constitution and protect kids from compelled speech. But I'm not calling Kate Parker and Kent Alberty and threatening to do them or their families harm.

Michael Larson duly notes that, if there's anything worth so much as an angry phone call in the Sioux Falls School District, it's homelessness, hunger, and child abuse.

The Pledge fetishists making these threats aren't listening to Larson's concerns about the real problems affecting children. They also aren't listening to the words they so piously mouth and force down the throats of children: nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Loyal Americans accord respect and civil discourse to fellow citizens of this one nation. Loyal Americans do not divide our nation with violence. Loyal Americans recognize that all their neighbors deserve liberty and justice.

And if there is a God worth following, She doesn't think highly of death threats.


  1. Stan Gibilisco 2013.11.20

    "And if there is a God worth following, She doesn't think highly of death threats."

    Either God exists, Cory, or She doesn't. Unless you believe in fuzzy reality, of course.

    So there is a 45 percent chance that 60 percent of God exists ... hoooo.

    The Old Testament God loved to issue death threats and then carry them out in the most imaginative and perverted ways.

    So these loons look like models of sanity compared to that mean old lady in the sky.

    All organized religions are cults.

    I recall saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in elementary school in Rochester, Minnesota during the 1960s.

    Funny ... kids don't think much about whether or not it's appropriate to recite stuff like that. For the most part, they work like little Borgs ... you program them to do something, and they do it.

    They turn into little cult followers so easily ...

    I wonder who programmed these bozos to make death threats. Who do they think they are? God?

    Now that ... that ... would certainly upset the God of my understanding.

  2. Bree S. 2013.11.20

    I agree Cory. An American threatening to kill another American because he disagrees with him politically? Threatening to kill not just him, but his innocent children? Completely despicable and unAmerican. I hope they trace the phone call and find out who it was.

  3. Bree S. 2013.11.20

    Stan, no person who threatens the lives of children is following God or the precepts of any monotheistic religion. For that matter, I can't think of a polytheistic religion that promotes the killing of children. I'm talking about the religion itself, not the wackos that claim to follow religion. People use religion or the supposed approval of God to excuse their inhuman behavior.

  4. Roger Elgersma 2013.11.20

    I have friends who are vets and have mental issues who do not like it when people think that being a vet has made them a problem. They may have to police eachother.

  5. Joan Brown 2013.11.20

    I don't think the Pledge should be recited in public schools until the words "under God" are removed. They were added in 1954 when I was 14. Repeating something like the Pledge isn't going to make a person more patriotic. Most people are either patriotic or not. Repetition could be compared to brainwashing.

  6. Douglas Wiken 2013.11.20

    Did not God ask somebody in Old Testament to slaughter his own son? But, sacrifice is not quite the same as slaughter...even if result is the same.

  7. Stan Gibilisco 2013.11.20

    I hope God doesn't ask anybody to sacrifice me.

  8. Bree S. 2013.11.20

    Don't believe in religious sacrifice personally.

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  10. Merlyn Schutterle 2013.11.25

    Religion and politics is the insanity of humanity. People actually believe the stuff that has a very poor credibility rating. Maybe I should say no credibility at all.

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