Alonzo Fyfe’s Perspective on the Pledge March 23, 2008

Alonzo Fyfe’s Perspective on the Pledge

Alonzo Fyfe, blogger at Atheist Ethicist, has just published a book called A Perspective on the Pledge.

It all began with a post of the same name (go check it out — it’s an excellent piece of writing).

Now, that post’s arguments are thoroughly fleshed out. There’s much more in the book, though:

The story is about a government that funds, supports, and bars institutions that get public money from excluding an organization that says that you are morally suspect – morally inferior to other citizens based on a characteristic that has nothing to do with morality. It is a story about a country in which people routinely fill the air waves and print media with statements about your moral inferiority without anybody challenging the pure bigotry of such a claim.

It is a story about living in a country where the government makes it its pledge and motto to treat those in your group of incapable of patriotism.

It is a story about a country where people can put up signs that say, “Why does your group hate this country,” when members of your group have fought and died for that country.

It’s about being faced with all of these different forms of bigotry all wrapped together.

If the book is anything like his usual postings, it’ll be a thought-provoking and enjoyable read.

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  • I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the issue is not that the pledge contains “under god”. That’s an issue, sure, but the real problem is coercing children into loyalty oaths.

    My allegiance is not to a flag, nor to the republic to which it stands. The republic is nothing more than a means to an end: “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”. The republic is nothing more than a tool.

    My allegiance is to my fellow countrymen, and my fellows worldwide.

    To coerce people into loyalty oaths and then include in the self-same oath that you are “indivisible with liberty and justice for all” puts lie to the whole thing.

    Patriotism is not empty words or ritual. Patriotism is not allegiance to the government; the US government is not the United States. The people are the United States.

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