Tim Martin & the Pledge of Allegiance
Most of Tim Martin's My Word commentaries seem a bit childish to me, but he's wrote one or two I agree with. In today's Times- Standard he complains about the Pledge of Allegiance. I'll agree with him on that one, too.
Of course, his main beef seems to be the phrase "under God" being included, and he goes on with that tired old separation of Church and State argument. He wrote:
"The entire matter could be settled if we just drop "One nation under God" and replace it with "One nation under the constitution." Who could find fault with that?".
I can, for one, and it seems a bit contrary to when he rightfully brings up nationalism a couple paragraphs later:
"Nationalism is a religion, too, and not a very good one. The way I see it, blind obedience to a government/military hierarchy is every bit as objectionable as an unquestioning reverence to an imaginary god."
That's right. And no one should be compelled to pledge allegiance to the State, and that's just what the Pledge of Allegiance is: a pledge of devotion to the State. I'd just as soon we got rid of the Pledge entirely. However, I don't object to anyone pledging themselves to whatever they want, so long as they do it on their own and don't force others to.