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Category Archives: Pledge of Allegiance

Getting them young

Let’s ask an honest question: does a typical 4 year-old understand what a pledge means? Does a 4 year-old understand allegiance, indivisibility, liberty and justice? I’m pretty sure no 4 year-old understands the concept of a republic, let alone the other concepts just mentioned. So why are preschools teaching 4 year-olds the pledge of allegiance? […]

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Focusing on the flag

Speak to virtually any atheist in the United States and they’ll tell you that they don’t support the pledge of allegiance and find it to be a violation of the Establishment Clause, and all of that based on two simple words: “under God”. In fact whenever any atheist discusses the pledge of allegiance, that is […]

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Putting nationalism ahead of freedom and the Constitution

For a moment think about how the pledge of allegiance is typically recited. Think back to when you recited it in school. Was it with any kind of patriotic enthusiasm? In most cases, likely not. It’s typically mindlessly regurgitated in a monotonic, rhythmic, mechanized fashion by drowsy, unquestioning students at the start of a government-mandated […]

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Declaring my allegiance

One sentiment that pisses me off to no end, and reached a head yesterday afternoon, can be summarized as this: If you aren’t willing to recite the pledge of allegiance, then you must not understand the freedoms that our flag represents. Why do you hate the flag and the republic and the freedoms we all […]

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Love it or leave it

It seems according to some conservatives that if you don’t like the pledge of allegiance, then in actuality you don’t like the United States and are better off just leaving. The "love it or leave it" mentality seems quite strong among these patriotic hypocrites. The biggest problem with the "love it or leave it" position […]

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Get rid of the pledge of allegiance

With the new year, I think it’s time to lead a different kind of attack on the Pledge of Allegiance, a topic on which I’ve already twice written. I know what you’re thinking: “Another atheist is attacking the pledge of allegiance! Bring on the torches and pitchforks!” The Pledge of Allegiance is a nearly 120 […]

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Further commentary on the pledge of allegiance

If you threaten to take the words “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance, you’re a secular, anti-American lunatic. Or so the Christian right in this country would have you believe. For me, I say don’t remove the words “under God”, instead repeal the whole, freakin’ thing. Take the entire pledge out of the […]

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Patriotic idolatry

Every nation on this planet has a flag, as do the individual States and territories of the United States of America. Originally written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, the Pledge of Allegiance was published as part of a celebration of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of North America: I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic […]

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