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    Tony DOct 25, 2023 at 8:45 PM

    Thank you for your thoughtful article. I appreciate that you’re bringing this topic to the forefront. Traditions need to be challenged and re-examined. It’s a healthy part of thinking critically and maturing.

    For example, why should young children who don’t know what words like pledge, republic, nation, indivisible, liberty, or justice mean be required to recite the Pledge? That’s just mindless, nationalistic indoctrination and performance. Also, I hope that anyone who feels offended by others not reciting the Pledge will really dig deep and think critically about why that is and where those feelings come from. Could it be that these people have been emotionally conditioned to falsely equate conformity with commitment? Or perhaps to conflate rote recitation with patriotism?

    Why can’t they be satisfied to say it themselves, and not force their expectations on others? There’s more than a little irony in declaring “liberty and justice for all” while simultaneously judging those who exercise their liberty by harmlessly not reciting a pledge.