Interpreting the Pledge of Allegiance

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, January 12, 2004

When I Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, I am not worshiping the flag. I am in support for what the flag represents.

It says "for which it stands" The flag is a symbol only, but a symbol of a great nation.

1. One nation. (United States.)

2. Under God. (I am a believer. And a supporter of God. Being my direction, I believe that God had a hand in the writing the Constitution of these United States. If it was done by man alone. It would not have lasted 200 years and beyond.)

3. Indivisible. (I think in the most part we do all stand together. When a group is in need, such as on 9/11, the common folks were helping out. Every one helped in their own way. We do have differences, but to respect one's differences helps keep us indivisible.)

4. Justice for all. (Now who can find fault in that? The United States has been fighting for justice for as long as we have been a nation. Justice to me means treat everyone fair and honestly.)

I think If one does not believe in any portion of the Pledge of Allegiance, I propose that when they say it (if they choose to say it at all) to leave out what they don't believe in. Example: If they don't believe in God, they can choose to leave that portion out. But respect my right to say that part, or any other part, the way I wish.

Phillip Hotchkiss

Juneau



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