Patriot: One who loves, supports, and defends one's country. Patriotism: love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it.
Hmmm. Don't think so.
I often omit the part about god. Sometimes I add "and liberty and justice for the priviledged and powerful." Other times, I don't bother adding anything.
My brother's ring tone is "proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free" and I usually sing along with "Proud to be an American, where at least I can pretend I'm free!" LOL
Remaining seated during the Pledge, in my opinion, is a little disrespectful. It's not a requirement to recite the Pledge, especially if you disagree with the "under God" part (I do), but the underlying message of the Pledge of Allegiance is not "I'm Christian, and so is everyone else in this country." It is "I'm an American, and I'm a patriot."
Frankly, I'd push for "in God we trust" to be removed from our money first. Reciting the Pledge can be easily avoided. Spending money isn't quite as easy to avoid (if you're looking to boycott, I mean).
I have a permanent marker in my truck and every time I get change (in the form of bills), I spend the few seconds it takes marking a line through "In a make believe sky fairy We Trust". I've been doing it for about a year and have never seen the bills that I mark again, although I have seen bills that other people mark.
We need to create a conscientious effort among the Atheist community to really start driving this effort. You are correct. If you care at all about dispelling the delusion that America is a "xian nation", we need to start working hard at getting that off our dollars and one of the ways that we can all quietly protest and, if we ALL start doing it, I think effectively work toward that change is to mark every single bill we all come across.
Interesting tidbit. I appreciate the gain in knowledge sir. Thank You.