My brother was once doused with sodas and had food thrown at him at a baseball game in the early seventies because of his refusal to stand during the National Anthem. Agreed, it was a very different political climate in the late sixties, and yet, knowing the infamous cruelty of children, I don't think it a stretch to imagine what could happen to a child who rebelled against the norm.
Interestingly, I just spoke to a Christian friend, and he also refuses to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. According to his beliefs, God is offended by "swearing" and oaths, and even with the editorial "under God"? He is adamant regarding the issue.
But I do agree--if they can add words, they can remove them.
Oh, and popped back in to add, that I do seem to remember that I was taught the Pledge of Allegiance in school. It WAS a part of the curriculum that I learn to recite it. Oh, and I used to work for the State of Louisiana, and I also recall being "written up" for having a Bible on my desk, in plain view of the public. That was a "no-no" apparently. (and yes, grin, I have an avid interest in ALL religion, and I am NOT anti-Christian. In fact, in the study group that I belonged to, the teachings of Christ were a major part of my studies.)But I do believe that the separation of church and state was a cautionary measure to avoid the religious persecution which was suffered by many of our founding families.
I realize mine is not a popular opinion, but alas, in according to my conscience, popularity has no influence of what I actually believe. (smiling again, I suppose that has been obvious for some time, eh?)
[This message has been edited by serenity (06-27-2002 12:04 PM).]