Don't like Pledge, but still respectful

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, January 04, 2004

I am one of many people, including Logan Spencer, who does not agree with many decisions this country has made. I am also a person who, because of these contradictory beliefs and other reasons, does not say the Pledge of Allegiance. I, like Logan Spencer, want people to respect my beliefs and I appreciate it when they do.

However, I recognize that in order for others to respect what I believe, I must respect what they believe. I know that if I go to another person's house, a camp, or anywhere other than my own home, if there are religious or political activities, events, or traditions I don't agree with, I should sit or stand respectfully until whatever is going on is over.

Saying the Pledge of Allegiance is one of these events, and many people believe in and support it. I don't. But when others say the Pledge I don't make a fuss, complain, turn around in my seat, talk to the person sitting/standing next to me, or in any way make myself a nuisance. I try to be respectful.

It's not that hard to sit quietly for 45 seconds while others take part in an activity they believe is important and worthwhile. Why don't you try it once, Logan? You might be surprised how little it affects you and how much happier it makes those around you.

Maya Pisel

student at DZ Middle School

Juneau



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