I went to Catholic school for 8 years. In addition to a bunch of prayers we would say the pledge. It was alwayd great fun to say, instead of god, say - from time to time - the name of the kid in front of you just loud enough for him or her to hear, causing uncontrollable giggling, which of course would cause a bit of umbridge from the nun. Or there was always, instead of "In the mame of the father and son and holy ghost" a number of variations. My favorite was: "In the name of the former, of the latter and of the wholy other."Butrfly_Nirvana wrote:Children in public schools across America are taught this pledge their first year in school, and they have them recite it every morning. I know that there have been a few court cases about schools requiring children of differing religions to say the pledge, but I think that it has remained the same with no alterations made to it. I don't mind our children standing during the pledge out of respect, but I just don't see how a small child can pledge an allegiance to something, and then since we aren't teaching them about "God" it may be confusing to them. Again, I'm not looking to take it to court for changes, just wondering whether this is acceptable to ask from a child as well as if pledging allegiance to a country is still in line with Buddha's teaching.
For those that may not know the pledge of allegiance, it goes as follows:
"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."
As for one's kid saying it or not, getting the kid exempted from having to say it can also make the kid a target. He doies not have to say, "one nation under God" and very likely no one will ever notice.
Tex wrote:I'm just as concerned about first graders being taught to pledge allegiance to a flag and a nation as I am about first graders being told there is a god.
Ben wrote:Hi Butrfly_Nirvana
I would advise you to 'pick your fights wisely'. To me it seems like the pledge is a bit of an empty ritual that nearly all kids go through and instead of making your kids stand out (and others said become a target), explain things to them. One of the things that I did was explain to my kids that God and Jesus are a bit like the easter bunny. They don't really exist except in the minds of some people to make them feel better. I think if you go down that route it takes the power out of a lot of christian indoctination.
Will Phillips, 10-Year-Old, Won't Pledge Allegiance To A Country That Discriminates Against Gays
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