Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why you don't want The Pledge of Allegiance?

I am from South Korea and studied abroad in the U.S. public high school. At my first ever class in the U.S. high school, my U.S. History teacher asked everyone to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance. Of course, I did not know what it was but realized very soon.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I still remember this thing! Some people say doing this seems so weird. Why do they even think it is weird? They say that a lot of foreign students from different countries may feel this is uncomfortable. What I am thinking is different.

Those foreign students also do such thing in their school. As far as I know, they do it too to arouse patriotism in them. For example, in my homeland, South Korea, I did the pledge of allegiance when I was in elementary school. We did it on every Monday at the beginning of the class. I still remember what we said:

"나는 자랑스런 태극기 앞에 자유롭고 정의로운 대한민국의 무궁한 영광을 위하여 충성을 다할것을 굳게 맹세합니다."

The above Korean version of pledge of Allegiance basically says that I will obey to my nation in front of my nation's flag.

I did this too when I was in the school. I feel this needs to be expanded to everyday and for all schools. When I did the Pledge of Allegiance in the U.S. school, although I am not a citizen of the U.S., I was very glad to pledge. I did not pledge something at all for four years after my graduation of elementary school. The Pledge of Allegiance is not something shameful. Rather, it is very respectful and honorable.

I found that some people say the word 'god' in the Pledge of Allegiance is the reason for denying it. I am an atheist. I do not believe that there is a god. That is why I am not writing 'God' but 'god.' However, I still did the Pledge of Allegiance. I will do it if someone ask me to do it. I am an atheist not a stupid asshole.

Do the Pledge of Allegiance.