Jun 26, '02
I don't think anyone enjoys another person's religion being shoved down their throat. And I don't think anyone should have to accept that. It's very easy for people to roll their eyes and claim that an atheist is b*tchy because something that is widely accepted in society is unacceptable to them. That said, it is difficult to change that which the majority want unchanged, and I am not entirely sure it is the best way to go about things initially. Personally, I would be glad to see the pledge without that particular phrase, if only because that phrase implies that being an American is somehow conditional. Yes, historically, America has deep religious roots but the initial point was to have the ability to choose and to not be told the name (or lack thereof) of your god by the state.
PS - About butchering something that "Americans hold dear"...he is just as much an American as you are and obviously does not hold that particular line dear. The issue was never one of pledging allegance to his country, it was of the conditions put forth.
Last edit by indeed on Jun 26, '02
Jun 26, '02
Hmmm, an atheist does not like the phrase "under God" in the Pledge, and suddenly it is unconstitutional. I do not like the phrase "f#@% y#^!", and I am interfering with another persons' right to free speech in a classroom when I told them not to use that language in front of me! How crazy can this country get?
The local public school can have "holiday" concerts and prohibit any word of "Christmas" or any Christian word or song; but they can sing songs about dreidels, speak about Allah, and whatever else; just DON'T make it Christian!
I guess I feel as though we have to give up our own beliefs and historical culture so we don't "OFFEND" anybody else. It just doesn't make sense to me!!!! Political Correctness is robbing our society of its' underlying values; and, like everything else, once the infrastructure is destroyed, we are like a house of cards-- we can't be strong and can't go back to strenghten our society if there is nothing left to build on.
I do believe there should be a way to blend or diversify our society without destroying the basis of it. Maybe by broadening our definitions and ideas instead of giving the words the PC boot, it would help us become a better place to live.
Last edit by Jenny P on Jun 26, '02