No Pledge of Allegiance

I do not recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.

It is not that I don’t respect the American flag. I do.

I was trained to respect it both as a young child and in Boy Scouts. I display it on Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, Flag Day, and other days. I’m careful to not let it touch the ground. I try to put it up quicker than I take it down. I don’t fly it at night unless there’s a light shining on it.

I wouldn’t fly it upside down (unless there was an emergency, for then that’s proper). I don’t wear it as clothing, don’t spit on it, and don’t carry things in it. I store it where it can stay dry and safe and not get torn.

I have never burned an American flag. I would not do so unless it was no longer in a condition to be displayed with honor, and then I would either give it for proper disposal by burning by a group like the American Legion or the VFW, or burn it properly in a private ceremony.

But I will no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.

While it existed in some form earlier, the Pledge was not officially adopted by Congress until after America got involved in World War II. The phrase “under God” wasn’t added until 1954.

Currently, it reads: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,”

The “under God” portion to me violates the principle of Freedom of Religion/Separation of Church and State. So does the motto “In God We Trust” which wasn’t made official until 1956 when it replaced E pluribus unum which had been the de facto motto since 1776. Those phrases gained favor in the 1950s with its “America is God’s country” and thus “America is the greatest nation on Earth (i.e. we’re better than you)” philosophy. America then meaning, of course, non-Hispanic White America.

But beyond that, I will not pledge allegiance to an object. To me, that speaks of idolatry. Allegiance to a group, a cause, a philosophy, a nation; those I can understand. But not allegiance to a rectangular piece of colored cloth. If I had a choice between saving an American flag or saving a human being, I would not chose the flag. I would choose the person.

An opinion of an individual member of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect the views of the whole family.

About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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12 Responses to No Pledge of Allegiance

  1. Miley Spears says:

    What about people who believe in a God and Goddess? Or in many Gods and Goddesses? They can’t follow their religion if they say the pledge.

    • TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

      It really does pin down religion. We should let people believe as they will.

  2. Dharma says:

    Doesn’t somebody say they pledge allegiance to the God and Goddess?

    • I have done that since high school. We did that at Prayer at the Pole too. If religion is going to be mixed in it should be God and Goddess. Or Gods and Goddesses. Perhaps it is better to leave it out and avoid the problem.

  3. Tom T. Trucker says:

    The Pledge of Allegiance is not idolatry. It’s respecting your country, and agreeing to serve.

  4. RogerD says:

    You hippie commies are all the same. You only love America when you get what you want. If you have to do something to get it, you beg.

  5. FichenDich says:

    “I do not salute the American flag while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.”

    No one does. One ostensibly puts one’s right hand over one’s heart. As far as swearing fealty to an object, I refer to William Tell.

    TMI My mom told me how the addition of “under god” was weird, but didn’t affect her because she graduated HS the same year it was added.

  6. Christian Andy says:

    I have thought about this, about the possible idolatry. I believe most people don’t think of it that way, but there are verses>

    Exodus 20: 3 – 5:

    3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

    4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

  7. You also refuse to swear by the Bible in court right?

  8. Danacasso says:

    I think it can be interpreted that pledging allegiance to the flag as a symbol of America. So you’re not actually pledging allegiance to a flag, but to a country.

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