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surprised? no. saddened? yes.

"The Pledge of Allegiance serves to unite our vast nation through the proud recitation of some of the ideals upon which our republic was founded and for which we continue to strive: one Nation under God," wrote the majority. "Millions of people daily recite these words when pledging allegiance to the United States of America."

See here: Court clears reciting of Pledge of Allegiance at Western schools

The fact that a lot of people do it, does not mean that it's "uniting" for the 15% of America that isn't "under God". No more than "One nation of white people" is uniting for the 12% of Americans that are black.

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arathesane
Mar. 12th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Even before I realized I was an atheist I stopped saying the pledge in high school. I didn't like the idea of reciting something everyday to "prove" my patriotism. it just felt like something you recited meaninglessly, without any real thought behind what the words meant.

This is, as you said hardly surprising but it is still quite disappointing.
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