Garrett (garote) wrote,

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I think my biggest issue here is that radical people have forced political correctness to a rediculous level. is the USA so if you don't want to say the pledge, don't. But why can a very small minority make it illegal to recite the pledge in school? This is even more unfair. They could even stand, say the pledge and not speak during the "under God" portion.

That's actually what I did, when I was in elementary school. I remember what it was like to be young and to have an unpopular opinion that I nevertheless thought was right. I was convinced that every time I didn't say it, I got strange looks from my classmates. I thought I saw strange looks from the teachers. I thought I was somehow committing a crime, or being bad, by not saying "under God" along with everyone else.

When I got older and realized what had happened, I felt angry and betrayed. Why did the school board, with taxpayer's money, with my own parents' money, have to place me in that situation? Why did I have to go through that internal struggle with my peers and my teachers, every single morning of a school day, in order to keep my conscience and my private relationship with my creator?

Timber sales, job losses due to a bird or bug that is rare.... it doesn't matter. The vocal few and glory seeking lawyers have made a mockery of what we all should love and respect...this country.

Sure, I was in the minority. I'm sure that the people who took this case to the supreme court were in the minority too. But that's another great thing about this country. The Bill of Rights gave us all a set of human values to be respected, above and beyond any law that our democratic practices could bring into being. Democracy is, essentially, majority rules. And while that keeps the few from oppressing the many, we also need the Bill of Rights to keep the many from oppressing the few, or the powerless. Slavery, racial discrimination, handicap access, prohibition, the Draft ... all things affected by this.

I don't have a problem with someone choosing not to say the pledge. I have a problem being told my son can't say it in class. You can apply the same principle to "gay rights". Why the hell should somebody who likes the same sex have special rights over a heterosexual? Its insane.

I have no problem with your son saying the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't even have a problem with my son saying the original Pledge, when he is old enough. But the original Pledge goes,

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Someone added "Under God" later on. And that addition built a lot of resentment in me, a little at a time, every day, over the five years I was in elementary school. If I had that time to live over again, I would have disregarded the pressure of my peers. But I was just a little kid, and peer pressure was a powerful force. I didn't like being singled out every day because of what I "chose not" to do.
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