-I don't trust a man who talks about ethics when he's picking my pocket.- Time Enough For Love - Robert A Heinlein
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What is the pledge of allegiance?
It is a good way to focus the class to get it underway. I don't know that the Pledge itself does anything more or less than the lyrics to a song would do.
As recited by me when I was a kid, the pledge was (and I kid you not):
I pwedge awwegiance to da frag of the United States of America, and to the wepublic of Japan, one Nation, invisible, with liberdee and justice for all.
No, they shouldn't. I'm fine if schools want to do it, but no one should be forced to take part.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
No one should be required to recite anything. Freedom of speech includes the freedom not to speak.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
You must be kidding , pulling my leg.
So what do the Canadians do ?
I say YES, we need things to unite us, NOT divide
And this is something that must not be optional.
Patriotism can never be optional.
... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New
Required, no. Encouraged through normalcy? Absolutely. Encouraging nationalism and a national identity is necessary and good.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
The morality of abortion is not a religious belief, any more than the morality of slavery, apartheid, rape, larceny, murder or arson is a religious belief. These are norms of the natural law of mankind and can be legislated even in a completely religionless society.