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I personally do that. I don’t think there’s any other country which isn’t authoritarian that does that. It just comes off as a bit odd.
I don’t take pride in being an American or pledge my allegiance. In my view, a country doesn’t inherently get praise just because someone is born into it, it should act in such a way worthy of it.31
wouldn't care. Half the class stopped sayin the pledge in 2008 way before we even knew of the political stuff. We just didn't care to stand or say it half the time. Had nothing to do with the flag or the meaning. But one ex military teacher lost his shit and made us get up and do the pledge all over. He felt disrespected ig53
Don’t know. Never have been to any event where the Pledge of Allegiance was spoken, not that I recall anyway.22
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I couldn't care less. It's a completely non-issue. I find it hard to believe that people make such a big deal out of it.
I don't care if they don't stand. I don't care if they take a knee. I don't care if they hang the flag upside down. I don't care if they burn the flag. It's not like they are hurting anything.
Protest and rebellion is what made this country (and a lot of other countries). For a country to be free and have true liberty, there MUST be protest and rebellion. Without it the whole thing will crumble.10
I'll stand myself. But if someone is doing it to protest, they can do that (1st amendment is important and we should NOT make it illegal to kneel!). There are few socially approved ways to protest, so if someone chooses a way like this that doesn't physically harm anyone, that's fine.
The pledge means different things to different people. For me, that's paying respect to military, first responders, teachers, and great people in the country. For others, it may be hard to 'pledge allegiance' to a country that you don't feel has represented you.
Example: Imagine trying to force an American Indian person to stand and pledge their allegiance. Do you see why their option to kneel is important?10
Have you read the words to the pledge of allegiance?
Separation of Church and State means the State cannot impose a universal religion, but it also implies a lot of other things. Why is God even mentioned in the pledge? Why does "In God We Trust" appear on US currency?
But besides all that, which is a debate all in itself, the pledge contains one of the biggest fucking lies ever spoken in this country - "... with liberty and justice for ALL".
Bullshit. I stopped saying the pledge in elementary school when I realized how much of a lie that is. If someone refuses to say it, or rise, good for them. No one should be forced to say that crap anymore.10
I'd glad that they are making it easy for me to distinguish who I don't want to associate with.26
It’s annoying and disrespectful, especially to all those who have died to guarantee their right to act like an asshole!56
Don't show me that Kaepernick! I drive through Fon du Lac every week to go to Adams County. It's a bunch of farmers and hillbillies. He grew up peacefully.21
I see folks sitting down all the time during the pledge of allegiance. Never seen any one kneeling. But I don’t think I would have a different reaction for them.21
This country was "founded"(stolen) by heretics (religious zealots kicked out of their own countries), mass murdering the indigenous in their quest of manifest destiny. The flag or piece of cloth/plastic that represents that can be treated in any way as far as I'm concerned. I wish we were more concerned with empathy, redemption, and compassion for human beings than a flag to unite us.10
Don't even care anymore. People are kneeling for the anthem, burning the flag, not standing for the pledge, etc. Too much division and disrespect to give a shit now.10
Man, idgaf. I probably would stand just because I'm thankful for this state... it's fun as hell30
Insanity. Look how normal people look that are standing up saying the pledge. And some weirdos sitting down or kneeling.10
The great thing about the US is that we have freedom of speech and expression. No one can make me recite anything, or stand for anything.10
I used to sit down during the pledge of allegiance at school. Now I wouldn't care if someone did it too.10
Good for them that's their right plus let's face it if hell existed then 99% of are government would be going to that place30
I get it: join or die. Like, we going house to house and British sympathizers getting shot with their families10
I don't see it written anywhere in the law that we have to stand or sit or do anything during the pledge.10
I would have no thougths or feelings about them at all20
It's dumb and annoying. But at the end of the day I could care less.10
I stopped standing for the pledge in elementary school I think, largely because the "under god" portion; I do not believe in God.10
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Pledging allegiance is a serious matter.
Most just do it in words. I respect those that sit because they are making a conscious choice and not just following the crowd.
Its sad to see the same people who pledge this allegiance saying the words "under God", "and which it stand", "liberty and justice for all". Then forget all that, turn and hate and mistreat those that exercise that freedom you just pledged they could. And who just might not pledge because their allegiance is to God not a flag.
Not pledging allegiance is not a sign of disrespect. Not even a sign of disloyalty. Perhaps even more so a sign of loyalty.
Personally I don't trust anyone who just follows the crowd. We know Jesus was one who certainly didn't. No did he salute or pledge allegiance to any thing but his father.
And he cautioned against being judgmental. So if the "Under God" is in that pledge then God is higher than the flag.
Something to consider is all I am saying.