too bad the hate was strong enough to kill her and part of her family... and christians call themselves loving people. anyone who would do anything for a god who'll do anything to make you his pet makes a christian the bad dog of god
Personally, I don't and will not partake in the pledge, or the rituals of The Star Spangled Banner. The "under god" thing is only part of the reason. Until everyone is actually treated equally with liberty and justice, it's my way of protesting.
I don't believe it is a "farce" to be patriotic. I love my country (although I am fearful and quite often disgusted by my government). Being patriotic is the only way that we can change this country back to its glory. That is the whole point of xianity: it is decidedly NOT patriotic. Everything that xianity stands for is anti-American. I think it is much more appropriate to recite the pledge but insist on not saying the "under god" part. It sends a much clearer message.