A Colorado school has banned camouflage as well as other assorted patriotic paraphernalia on the grounds that such raiment represents a divisive brand of patriotism (meaning any variety that does not support the sublimation of the United States into the New World Order) and thus presents a potential threat to public safety. In a similar decision in San Diego, a school there has banned the flag as well as red, white, and blue clothing.
It is about time people remembered just what country this is. If Old Glory offends you that much, you should have never come here in the first place. Maybe students can find happiness and prosperity back in the geographic trash-piles they fled from but from which they continue to derive their sense of pride and identity.
Just how far does promulgating regulations about clothing in the name of harmony at the expense of individuality extend? If skinheads don't like the Jewish kids wearing yarmulkes, are school administrators going to make students remove those?
And what about the towel heads; technically, some will argue, there is nothing in Koranic Islam compelling women to wear headscarves. If these immigrants are to be granted a cultural, non-religious exception, what if another studentís cultural expression supports the wearing of camouflage as is the custom for young males in certain Southern and rural areas?
And though we are now heading into spring, what if a student's winter coat was camouflage as is the case of one of my own? Is the school going to provide an alternative of the pupilís choosing since school authorities should not have that much say over non-obscene items?
In this era claiming to value racial intermingling and cohabitation above all else, one would think camouflage would represent the perfect coming together of the various shades of brown and other tones of the earth to represent a purposeful pattern. But no doubt the manly strength and independence alluded to by such garments is something the communalists running the nation's schools simply cannot countenance.
I guess educators are going to have to find another mode of dress more in keeping with the worldview to which students are expected to aspire. Perhaps those little Mao suits once worn by the Chinese would be more appropriate.
Better yet, maybe students should be forced to not wear anything at all since this would be in keeping with the notion prevalent throughout the organs of the totalist state that nothing is to be hidden from the COMMUNITY.
I went to a private school where there were all kinds of silly rules about uniform and dress that were, to use a pun, far from uniformly enforced (especially if you happened to be one of the teacher's kids or from a family favored by the school administration). And even though the school was run by a church part of a denomination somewhat pacifist in nature, nothing was said if one wore a camouflage jacket to and from school.
Things have certainly gotten so much better without school prayer and Christian values now, haven't they?
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.