A Different Perspective on the Pledge
I just discovered a great short story over at Atheist Ethicist, entitled “A Perspective on the Pledge”. It puts the Pledge controversy in a different light. I highly recommend you check it out. He also has a PDF version you can download and pass out to all of your annoying relatives.
Here’s just one of the comments left by readers (This one is by somebody calling himself No More Mr. Nice Guy):
Personally, as someone who was born and raised outside the US, I think it’s bizarre that there is a [Pledge of Allegiance] at all. Apart from the US, only totalitarian states have this kind of mandatory patriotic exercise. (Yes I know in theory it’s not mandatory, but…) And I find it surreal that millions of children every day stand up and chant in unison about how free they are. [emphasis added]