I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…

Via on May 28, 2011

…I used to do this, and somehow still managed to think for myself. But, this is genius, in any case:

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2 Responses to “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…”

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    Peggy Petersen When I click on this link, I get an invitation to spend money in order to read the article. Not a huge amount, granted, but it puts me off to wanting to read the article and/or to join. Jes sayin'…
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    Christine Matos With liberty and justice for all… Amen!!!
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    elephantjournal.com Peggy, that's because you've read three articles already today. Are you similarly put off from reading a newspaper or magazine by their asking you to pay 5x what we're asking? ~ W.
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    elephantjournal.com You'll be free again tomorrow, Peggy, btw, unlike magazines and newspapers, if you don't wish to support our mindful media experiment–either way is a support, reading or subscribing.
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    Johnie Beth Matthews I did even learned it before "under God" was slipped in.
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    Kate Bee ah I'd noticed that sometimes I get asked to 'become a member' ..so it's after reading 3 a day…
    Do American kids really have to say that every day? We had to say the lord's prayer at one school, another it was the Hail Mary, and the Prayer of St Francis of Assissi at another..St Francis's prayer was the best
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    Pam Schultz ‎…One nation indivisible…
    I learned and recited the pledge after it was altered with 'under God' line, through it being restored to it's original content, the way the author wrote it, and was still reciting it every morning when it was put back in, shameful.
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    Nikki Bennett Yes the schools I work in recite this everyday. (usa)
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    Johnie Beth Matthews God is still in the schools. He has to be no one could survive them.
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    Sarah Guertin Saxton As a teacher, I'm still reflecting on this video…/
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    Cindy Weinstein
    Similar experience with an old homeschooling mom friend on my wall yesterday. Her daughter created a paper banner American Flag and insisted her mother pledge to 'it' every day. Mother was perplexed. This is basically what i wrote.:

    Mmm..oth…er than you (possibly) being aware of the 'inclusion' of God in "The Pledge" from enthusiastic cultural and religious sects…(Heavily Christian fraternal K. of C. among others) in 1954..(yea..dreaded Communism)….
    http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance
    there is no need to be too anxious.

    I always told my (young) kids…some folks believe there is A God/God(s), some do not. While this usually led to 'other' conversations..it (hopefully) left them with a sense of doing /saying what they felt was 'right' for them, while being present amongst those within a more conformist mind-set, (public school).

    Your kids like many of ours, understand about people's differences, tastes..and how to be respectful and tolerant of them. It is a fine line, teaching our children to be intelligent, free-thinkers while not bearing down on the 'perceived' wrong-doings of others. Lead, as I'm sure you've always done, with a basis of compassion as a guide.
    BTW,..THIS one is by my bedside, from a small and colorful compilation, "Return of the Great Goddess":
    "A Pledge of Allegiance to the Family of Earth"

    I pledge allegiance to the Earth,
    and to the flora, fauna
    and human life that it supports,
    one planet, indivisible,
    with safe air, water and soil,
    economic justice, equal rights,
    and peace for all.

    ~Women's Environment and Developmental Organization

    of the Women's Foreign Policy Council

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