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Pledge of Allegiance

A Call For Unity

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 02.17.2017 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

The whole world is watching. It is waiting to see how the great American experiment unfolds. That experiment has been from the founding days of the na...

Children Shouldn't Recite The Pledge Of Allegiance Until They Understand What They Are Saying

Janis Couvreux | Posted 02.13.2017 | Education
Janis Couvreux

There is a profound difference between indoctrination and civic instruction, and I venture to say that given the current state of civics and the political environment of this country, we are now witnessing the prevalence of indoctrination over civic knowledge.

Pledging Allegiance

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I pledge allegiance to . . . what? The Electoral College, to no one's serious surprise, voted Donald Trump in as the nation's 45th president, and the...

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 Heated debate has arisen throughout the nation as a result of Colin Kaeperni...

Florida Schools Are Forcing Students To Stand During National Anthem

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

UPDATE: Sept. 20 ― Orange County Public Schools changed its tune shortly after announcing that it would make students bring a written note from a pa...

Lawmaker Honors Kaepernick Protest By Sitting During Pledge Of Allegiance

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics

This politician is pledging her allegiance to Colin Kaepernick. Missouri state senator Jamilah Nasheed on Wednesday became the latest politician to de...

Why This Transgender 10-Year-Old Sat For The Pledge Of Allegiance

Eli Erlick | Posted 09.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Eli Erlick

In the 5th grade, I was facing violence from my classmates, teachers, and school’s staff every day. When the other students called me slurs, beat me...

Kaepernick, Sports, Politics, the Anthem, the Pledge, and Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 09.05.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

I am a native New Yorkers so I have hated San Francisco sports teams since 1957 when the baseball Giants slinked away to the West Coast. But San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick is forcing me to reevaluate my fundamental sports fan nationalism.

No, Obama Did Not Ban The Pledge Of Allegiance In Public Schools

FactCheck.org | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Q: Did President Obama sign an executive order banning the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools?...

Patriotic Progressives Embrace the Flag, Too

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.

5 Useful Tips to Help You Teach Flag Etiquette to Your Children (Because It's A Must)

Charmaine Belonio | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Charmaine Belonio

It would be kind of challenging to explain all these to them, especially if they're inquisitive (and you know how they can just throw you off your guard with their questions). For this reason, here are some tips to help you navigate the conversation effortlessly while instilling important values in them.

He's Right

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 11.21.2016 | Politics
Amanda Botfeld

Kasich's proposal is right on the money. We need to reinstitutionalize patriotism. We need to reincorporate our values. And if history is any indicator, we ought to do it sooner rather than later.

Taking Down the Flag

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Could it be that we're forcing schoolchildren to pledge their allegiance to a divisive -- poisonous -- symbol? Could it be that honoring it, waving it, saluting it holds together an allegiance to moral superiority and unending global conflict?

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

Laura Ingraham Equates Arabic Speakers To Skinheads In Pledge Of Allegiance Rant

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.20.2015 | Media

America may be a melting pot, a cultural mosaic full of different languages, religions and ethnicities, but God forbid if the Pledge of Allegiance is ...

4-Year-Old Has Her Own Take On the Pledge Of Allegiance

Lori Day | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

My adorable almost-4-year-old cousin-twice-removed -- hope I got that right! -- is learning the Pledge of Allegiance in pre-Kindergarten. Her teacher is helping the class prepare for the year ahead, and Elise is working really hard to get the words right.

School Apologizes After Atheist Student 'Intimidated' Into Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Officials at a Southern California high school have apologized after an atheist student was pressured to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance against hi...

Act Patriotically to Fix the Pledge

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Reciting the pledge can certainly be a patriotic act, but so can fighting against religious intrusion into our government.

Reframing the Debate Over the Pledge of Allegiance: Make God Optional

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Battles over the Pledge have resulted in multiple acrimonious lawsuits and disputes, with no change to the law, only increasing resentment and hostility on both sides of the dispute. It's time to reframe the debate.

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker & Todd Van Luling | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

Just in case you want to be *that* person.

Pledge Of Allegiance In Public Schools Doesn't Discriminate Against Atheists, Court Says

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Friday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools does not discriminate against atheis...

Religion and Politics Do Mix

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during i...

Bob Greene Ignores the Socialist Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we should remind ourselves that it was written by a socialist who believed that "liberty and justice for all" meant more equality and a stronger democracy.

Make Recitation of Pledge of Allegiance Mandatory as an Educational Tool

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Steven Kurlander

Making students stand up and say the pledge each morning is not a jingoistic act of American imperialism or a violation of a student's rights, as some would argue. It's simply a statement of patriotism.