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Every morning since the 9/11 terrorists attacks in 2001, students at Glenview Elementary School in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, said the words “God bless America” right after they recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The tradition started as a way to honor first responders and continued for 14 years, until the ACLU complained on the basis of “separation of church and state.” Fearing a costly legal battle, school administrators decided to stop the practice. But, the Pledge is often said outside when weather permits, so some parents plan to stay for it and to join their children in still asking God to bless their nation. (CBS, 1-5-16)

As a student government leader at Harvard in the 1970s, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court was involved in a fight to keep the campus ban on the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Merrick Garland supported a leftist group called the New American Movement that got 2,500 signatures on a petition that favored the ban on campus ROTC. His actions “could give Senate Republicans opposing his nomination to the high court ammunition to say he did not sufficiently defend the U.S. military in the face of left-wing activists.” (Boston Globe, 3-18-16)

Elementary education theorist, retired professor, unrepentant former terrorist, and pal of President Obama, Bill Ayers, was among the mob that made it impossible for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to hold a rally in Chicago in March. Ayers co-founded the Weather Underground, a group of radicals who bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, and police stations in the 1960s. The winner of the Chicago fiasco was Trump, to whom followers sickened by such attacks on free speech will flock. The losers — all the other Republican candidates who failed to blame the mob and instead seemed to side with the leftist disrupters. (AmericanThinker.com, 3-13-16)