Pledge of Allegiance
"I promise my complete loyalty to the flag of the United States, and to the government of the United States, which is a country in which everybody believes in and is ruled by 'God' and human rights are honored, with freedom and due process of law for everybody."
Although it promises human rights, there is no evidence of this elsewhere in the country, and half of the people who recite it every day probably do not know what it means. They just say it because they were told to, like good little subordinates.
Richard: "No. I do not believe in such foolish brainwashing."
Yolanda: "This is not brainwashing"
Richard: "Uh oh, they have already infected you. Now you must be destroyed."
Now that 'under God' is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause of the federal Constitution, as defined by the Supreme Court in Engel v. Vitale, people push to remove the words from the Pledge. Others, such as fundamentalist Christians, claim we are a country of God. Whatever. THIS IS NOT A THEOCRACY.
The daily reminder in school of how fortunate we are to live in the nation we do. A government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is our pledge to be in support of our country. Through it, we recognize, and honor, the sacrifices of those who built and protected our nation, past and present.
The phrase, "Under God," is often found to be offensive towards atheists. However, the nation was founded by christians. Even the Natives belived in a higher power. America is, and always has been, a nation of a majority of God-fearing people. Also, God can be interpreted in many ways, such as Yaweh, the Christian God, Allah, the Muslim God, or whichever makes senes to the individual. How can something open to interpretation be offensive?
Lastly, America is NOT fascist. We do not worship the flag. The flag is merely a symbol of our proud nation. We respect and honor it like we would any other symbol of our nation.