I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I went to a city council meeting in my home town the other night. Before beginning everyone was asked to stand and face the flag with your right hand over your heart.

Has anyone ever really read or listened to this pledge? I personally find it very offensive. First I would never pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth no matter what the colors or what it represents. Second I would never pledge allegiance to the United States of America or to any nation who believes in a god.

Because of our countries crimes against humanity have been anything but justice, I can not pledge allegiance. I cannot support the deaths of hundreds of thousands and the millions of refugees that will never know liberty due to our illegitimate wars. Further more I cannot in a clear conscience support any government that claims to be a republic, or a democracy, but in reality is a plutocracy.

Under God added in 1954. This tells me right off that now this pledge is faith based. As children we were indoctrinated every morning in school with this patriotic, religious, dogma. Where is our separation of church and state?

One nation that claims to be indivisible but is so divided between blue, and red that nothing green is getting accomplished.

How can anyone get behind a pledge that is so hypocritical. It promises liberty and justice for all, but evidently only if you happen to be born in the right place, the right class, the right religion, the right sex, and the right color.

A dogma is still a dogma whether it is practiced in church or a public meeting. If I were to pledge allegiance to anything it would be to learning, and to nature, not to patriotic hypocrisy.

Dennis Renner

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Comment by B. on May 6, 2010 at 1:40pm
I'm not american so I've actually never had to say this pledge (I think Canada has one also.. Maybe.. It is just so unused I can't be sure lol) but I do find it's content -- and it's very nature -- disturbing. The American flag is a sacred emblem in the USA, and citizens worship it with a reverence akin to that they give their God. I don't have the same regard for my own flag, so this devotion just seems creepy. Not sure where it comes from, but it definitely needs to go.
Comment by Allen Sneed on May 6, 2010 at 4:16pm
Nationalism is no better than racism. We are expected to have allegiance to a country just because we happened to be born here? WTF? I'm glad I wasn't born in Nazi Germany. Don't get me wrong. I like the United States, for the most part, and I think the Constitution is good, for the most part. But my allegiance is to humanity and all of life, not just some arbitrary lines on a map.
Comment by Christopher McGuire on May 7, 2010 at 12:41pm
I think the real question is, 'Do we actually need The Pledge of Allegiance?' The answer is NO. That's just some more brain-washing bullshit our government uses to indoctrinate the citizens. If we're "patriotic," of course we'll be cool with our kids getting killed in another war. I think, if our country was as good as it's made out to be, the people would figure it out on their own. A pledge to our FLAG wouldn't even be needed. You can't deny a good product.
I think there IS a reason for the pledge, though. Our government can't use Religion (at least, they can't let it be too obvious) so instead, they've made Patriotism our national religion. Think about it, they want us to talk to an inanimate object. They want us to worship a FLAG! That sounds like religion to me..."If you believe in our flag, you'll be willing to die for our country!" In reality, it's not our country (or our flag) you'd be dying for, you'd be dying over another 'dick-measuring contest' between our President and some foreign ruler.
In case you're wondering, I believe our country was built on a great idea, but over the years it's been so watered down and convoluted that it's become a world-wide joke. The reason I'm still living here is because, occasionally, I'll see some news story where some of the ideas this country was built on shine through beautifully (usually a court case or the occasional presidential speech), and It'll renew my trust in this country and the people who run it. Those are the times when I'm proud to be an American. Not when I'm reciting some horseshit pledge to a damned flag...


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