A man I dearly respect asked me to support a cause to keep the “…under God…” portion of the American Pledge of Allegiance. I know this is a particularly sensitive topic for most people and I believe wholeheartedly in the rights of the individual when those individual rights do not subtract from the whole. Scroll to the asterisks if you want to skip the personal stuff about me.
May you and I agree to disagree on the issue of the American Pledge of Allegiance and the inclusion of “under God?”
You are one of the few people who know where I stand as far as my own religious and spiritual journey is concerned. We rarely discuss politics. This issue is both.
The words “under God” were finally added to the pledge at a time when the governmental powers had become zealots (which is why most of our fore-bearers left their own mother lands). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance#Addition_of_.22under_God.22)
I believe there is a compromise that works beautifully: As an individual says the American Pledge of Allegiance, they can say “under God” or they can remain silent for two words and then continue the pledge. No one need know which version they choose to follow. No explanation for or against need be given.
It allows for the most respect to each individual, no matter which version they choose or why. You know how patriotic I am. Never would I disrespect all the positiveness and growth the flag of our country represents, the freedoms and liberties that have been and are threatened—often by our own government and citizens.
I have the highest respect for the red in our flag, representing to me the blood shed, the sacrifices and mistakes made in our country’s history.
The blue represents to me the limitlessness of our people and the openness of the land, no matter where you are.
The white, the white I feel represents our country’s aspirations, as individuals and as a whole, that are positive in intention, whether or not other individuals and other nations perceive that our intentions are positive.
Each star unites us, equally. They represent individuality set aside for the sake of unity.
I doubt this is the interpretation the creators of our American flag had. I doubt this is the interpretation most Americans and other countries see in the American flag.
It is an honor to fly that flag at my home and see it flown in any places where others wish to fly it. I respect the flags of each branch of our military, the POW/MIA, each of our states and those flags of other countries as well. All deserve a place, even on American soil. (I’m a good part German, Italian and other, but I am all American.)
It’s all individual and while I can appreciate a swell of emotion from one direction of this issue or another direction, I still believe in the individual’s right. (And I believe in the individual’s right to refuse the pledge and the flag, as much as it pains me. I suppose they have reason of which I am unaware.)
With respect and love,