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By MICHAEL OLESKER | July 2, 2002
WITH LAST week's court ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance, I immediately thought of two familiar names: God and Leonard Kerpelman. The two have had their uneasy public connection. But when a federal appeals court declared "under God" should be removed from the pledge recited every school day morning, I figured Kerpelman would cheer, and God in his wisdom would understand. "I thought the court's decision was encouraging, and the outcry against it has made me ill," Kerpelman, 77, was saying over the weekend.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | February 13, 2009
Even the Pledge of Allegiance couldn't bring together two of Maryland's fiercest political rivals. The state's governors were invited yesterday to a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the daily recitation of the pledge at Chick & Ruth's Delly, a popular eating place near the State House. The bipartisan event brought together former Govs. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, and Democrat Marvin Mandel. Democratic Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer also took part. But Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat and Ehrlich adversary, couldn't attend because of scheduling conflicts, though spokesman Shaun Adamec noted that his absence was "no slight to the importance of the event."
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 24, 1998
CLARY'S FOREST resident Michael Washington led the Pledge of Allegiance at the 19th annual National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance program on Flag Day, June 14, at Fort McHenry.Michael, who has completed eighth grade at Wilde Lake Middle School, was chosen for the honor from students throughout Maryland.Sitting with him on the platform were several relatives, including his mother, Sharon Washington, and his grandmother, Beth Turpin of Town Center.On June 9, Michael represented Howard County schools at the Maryland Salute to Flag Day ceremony in Annapolis.
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November 30, 2008
THE REV. GEORGE M. DOCHERTY, 97 Pushed to get "under God" into pledge The Rev. George M. Docherty, credited with helping to push Congress to insert the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance, died on Thanksgiving at his home in central Pennsylvania, according to his wife, Sue Docherty. "George said he was going to live to be 100, and he was determined," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. "It's amazing that he was with us this long." Mr. Docherty, then pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, just blocks from the White House, gave a sermon in 1952 saying the pledge should acknowledge God. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and was unfamiliar with the pledge until he heard it recited by his 7-year-old son, Garth.
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By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2001
The City Council introduced a resolution yesterday that would designate Oct. 3 each year as "Bea Gaddy Day," honoring the late councilwoman best known for her advocacy on behalf of the city's poor. In other matters, City Council President Sheila Dixon asked for an ordinance that would codify Health Department protocol in the event of a bioterrorist attack and penalize anyone who does not adhere to the code. And Councilwoman Catherine E. Pugh proposed legislation asking city schools to enforce a state law that requires the display of the American flag and daily recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.
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April 3, 1996
THIRTY-ONE WORDS that get recited millions of times a day, to town meetings, school days and sporting events, the Pledge of Allegiance is a quintessential symbol of pride in being an American.I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America....So when Bel Air High School in Harford County sought to resume a daily pause for the pledge last fall, and some students enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union to block school policy that they stand at attention for it, the resulting community furor was predictable.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 28, 2001
JONESBORO, Ga. - Until two weeks ago, the theme for today's homecoming celebration at Jonesboro High was "Old School," and each class had been asked to construct a float representing a different decade. After the events of Sept. 11, the Student Council changed the theme to "Pride and Patriotism," and students have cleaned local stores out of red, white and blue crepe paper. At Batesville Middle School in Arkansas, fifth- and sixth-graders waved tiny American flags Monday and sang the country song "God Bless the USA" as a Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard raised a new American flag outside.
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By Lisa Pollak and Lisa Pollak,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2004
It's a pretty safe bet that Joseph J. Philbin's name will not be mentioned this week when the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. But if he were alive today, Philbin would surely have something to say about the matter. He'd likely begin by reminding his fellow Baltimoreans that he had proposed the idea of adding "under God" to the pledge in 1952 - two years before President Eisenhower signed the congressional bill that made the change law on Flag Day 1954.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2004
IT HAS BEEN more than four decades since Baltimore atheist Madalyn Murray (later Madalyn Murray O'Hair) convinced eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices that prayer has no place in the public schools. Last week, another atheist, Californian Michael A. Newdow, came before the high court to finish the job O'Hair had started after her stunning victory on school prayer -- the removal of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. O'Hair is long gone -- she was murdered in Texas nine years ago -- but Baltimoreans of a certain age will remember that after winning the prayer case in 1963, she turned her sights on the pledge, to which Congress had added "under God" only eight years earlier.
NEWS
September 13, 2006
The Annapolis City Color Guard (above) led a procession from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to the Maryland Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Annapolis on Monday during a Freedom Walk in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Below, St. Mary's Elementary School pupils led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Left, Alexis and Joe Regier of Annapolis participate in a community singalong.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | December 3, 2006
Colton Geiger scanned the symbols of the Maryland flag. "I know about the flag," the 9-year-old said. "It was adopted in 1904. The yellow and black colors are for the Calvert family and the red and white colors are for the Crossland family." Colton, a fourth-grader at Norrisville Elementary School, was reciting one of several requirements he has to satisfy for the Patriot Program. The program, which is not part of the regular school curriculum, teaches pupils the skills they need to be responsible citizens.
NEWS
September 13, 2006
The Annapolis City Color Guard (above) led a procession from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to the Maryland Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Annapolis on Monday during a Freedom Walk in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Below, St. Mary's Elementary School pupils led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Left, Alexis and Joe Regier of Annapolis participate in a community singalong.
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By GAIL GIBSON and GAIL GIBSON,SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2006
When House Republicans tried last week to block federal courts from hearing challenges to the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin didn't sugarcoat the latest effort to limit the judiciary: We do this, the Missouri Republican said, "because we don't trust them." In the simmering feud between Congress and the courts, such "jurisdiction stripping" measures have emerged as a weapon of choice for Republicans. For the most part, the proposals - including the move to allow only state courts to hear Pledge of Allegiance challenges - stand little chance of becoming law, legal scholars and analysts say. But they lay bare ugly tensions between the legislative and judicial branches and could prove to be a potent issue in this year's midterm elections.
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July 20, 2006
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NEWS
December 6, 2005
Standing for Pledge is a sign of respect As a public school educator for many years, I can't remember ever feeling the need to force my students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. And I agree with Michael Olesker that the teacher who demanded that a student recite the Pledge was out of line ("Standing up for the right to stay seated," Dec. 2). I did, however, expect my students to stand when the bell signaling the beginning of morning announcements sounded. With that practice in place, all students were quiet and ready for the Pledge to the flag.
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By LIZ BOWIE and LIZ BOWIE,SUN REPORTER | November 30, 2005
On the first day of school this fall, when all the students around her stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, an 11th-grade girl at Chesapeake High School in Essex stayed seated and silent. But her teacher ordered her to stand, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is waging a campaign to draw attention to students' First Amendment rights. ACLU officials wrote Maryland school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick yesterday to alert her to what they say are a growing number of complaints they are receiving from students who are being harassed by teachers when they refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
NEWS
November 30, 2008
THE REV. GEORGE M. DOCHERTY, 97 Pushed to get "under God" into pledge The Rev. George M. Docherty, credited with helping to push Congress to insert the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance, died on Thanksgiving at his home in central Pennsylvania, according to his wife, Sue Docherty. "George said he was going to live to be 100, and he was determined," she said in a telephone interview yesterday. "It's amazing that he was with us this long." Mr. Docherty, then pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, just blocks from the White House, gave a sermon in 1952 saying the pledge should acknowledge God. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and was unfamiliar with the pledge until he heard it recited by his 7-year-old son, Garth.
NEWS
September 28, 2001
A "God Bless America" concert of prayer rally that was canceled this week because of bad weather will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Westminster High School auditorium. The event, a show of support for the victims of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, will feature representatives from 25 Westminster-area churches, a keynote address by Republican state Sen. Larry E. Haines and will include the "Pledge of Allegiance," hymns, patriotic anthems, Scripture and reflection. Information: 410-876-9192.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2005
It's a grand old flag. A high-flying flag. A symbol of freedom, unity and country. And Tuesday -- Flag Day -- after waving to the crowds all year long, it will get a nod back. Flag Day events are taking place around the area this weekend and on Tuesday. Here are a few of the happenings: The 26th National Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance is 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Flag Day at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at the east end of Fort Avenue. The National Flag Day Foundation sponsors the event, which encourages citizens across the country to recite the pledge at 7 p.m. Visitors to Fort McHenry will recite the pledge and then enjoy a program of patriotic music and fireworks.
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