Charles Angeletti, a professor at Metropolitan State University in Denver, reportedly had his students recite an anti-American pledge which included attacks on Christians and Republicans.
Campus Reform broke the story on Angeletti and his pledge. The article said that, “Dr. Charles Angeletti, a self-proclaimed atheist and socialist professor of American Civilization at the publicly funded Denver university, required students recite the satirical Pledge of Allegiance during the fall 2014 semester according to a class flier obtained by Campus Reform.”
The Campus Reform article included a photograph of the handout that Angeletti gave to his entire class. The pledge on the handout reads as follows.
“THE NEW PLEDGE
I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States Against Anything Un-American, and to the Republicans for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all, except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, treehuggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants, and you if you don’t watch your step.”
A handful of people tweeted their displeasure with this pledge.
— Greg Hurlburt (@hurlburt_greg) December 8, 2014
Campus Reform reported that, “The flier was distributed to the entire class and students were required to recite it according to Steven Farr, an MSU freshman majoring in Meteorology.”
The article went on to say that, “Farr noted that fellow students were suspicious of the professor’s motives, but few had the courage to openly protest the controversial pledge.”
The same article also interviewed Angeletti and said that he “doubled down” on his position. “We’re very racist, we’re very repressive, we’re very Christian oriented, we don’t tolerate other kinds of thinking in this country,” Angeletti told Campus Reform.
Fox News picked up on the Campus Reform story and asked MSU about Angeletti and his teachings. “Officials at Metropolitan State University of Denver did not immediately return requests for comment. The 24,000-student school has the second-highest undergraduate enrollment in the state, and has several notable Division II sports programs. It also bills itself as a top choice for active-duty military and veterans to pursue higher education, and has several notable Division II sports programs.”
The Fox News article then included comments from a military veteran about Angeletti. “This is typical elite, progressive, post-modernist garbage,” said Pete Hegseth, a Fox News contributor and CEO of Concerned Veterans for America. “I hope and believe that vets in his class will challenge this professor.”
Both the Campus Reform article and the Fox News article noted that Angeletti has a B+ rating on RateMyProfessor.com. The Campus Reform article also noted that Angeletti, “says that he has distributed the pledge for 20 years.”
This isn’t the first time a college professor has made news for requiring students to do something controversial. The Inquisitr published, “Florida College Student Told To Step On Jesus Sign,” on March 21, 2013. That story covered an Atlantic University professor who had students “write Jesus on a piece of paper, then stomp on the self-made sign.”
Professor Angeletti has been teaching at MSU since 1967 according to Campus Reform.
[Image via the February 16, 1996 issue of The Metropolitan, the MSU student newspaper]