Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by Liz Skywalker, Jun 30, 2002.
I can't speak for Che, but, yes, I'm aware of that. I remember in first grade there was a girl who didn't say it.
I'm still rather uncomfortable with the 'pressure' as you say though. It may not be a legal requirement but it seems like an unneccesary cultural one to me.
No. The word "God" as it is used in the pledge (and on currency) is very ambiguous, and it specifies no individual religion. It can refer to the Islamic/Jewish/Christian interpretations of "God", as well as many other religions.
The only people it doesn't seem to work for is atheists, but like it or not even though we have freedom of (or even from) religion in the USA, the country was founded upon common religious beliefs and this has been a part of it since it's inception.
As an agnostic I have no problem with the term because it is used in such a generic way.
No. If you don't want to say "under god," then just don't say it. *shrugs*
No, I'm absolutely 110% for it staying in there.
Yes. It's unnecessary.
If you don't like it, then don't say God when that part comes up.
I don't Pledge anyway.
Yes. It makes non-religious people uncomfortable, even people who, like myself, belong to monotheistic religions.
The entire pledge should go away, but that's another story.