What do you pledge allegiance to when you say Pledge Allegiance to the Flag?
The Pledge was written back in the late 1800s; it was designed so that people had a way of showing respect for their country and for the symbol of that country (the American flag). Allegiance is another word for loyalty-- so, you are promising to be loyal to your country.
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An oath of loyalty to the U.S. Flag and the nation it represents
Of course he does. There are internet myths, spread by his political enemies, that he is not an American or hates the flag. These claims are false. He is an American, he does …salute the flag, and there are many official White House photographs and also plenty of network news videos online, so that you can see for yourself.
Yes. It is appropriate to pledge allegiance without a flag present.
We say, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation..." The republic "for which it stan…ds" is the United States. Make sense now?
To pledge alegience to the flag means to serve your country, to be patriotic to it
I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag and to the Savior for whose Kingdom it stands. One Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again with life and liberty to all who believ…e.
I pledge allegiance to the jamaican flag
The bible says nothing about the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 in the United States, which did not technically exist as a nation until 1…776.
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior for whose kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who bel…ieve.
Bander panameÃ±a Juro a dips y a la patria smarter, respetarte, defenderte CÃ³mo simbolos sagrados de Nuestra haciÃ³n. Panamanian flag I pledge to god and t…o the nation To love you, to respect you, and defend you like sacred symbols of our nation.
Short answer because for a Christian, it is idolatry. Long answer is straight out of one of the the Publications fromJehovah's Witnesses. This is out of the brochure entitled…: School and Jehovah'sWitnesses. This brochure is provided to many teachers who have students thatare Jehovah's Witnesses and is helpful in explaining our beliefsand why certain school activities our children would rather notpartake in. *** sj pp. 12-15 Flag Salute, Anthems and Voting *** Perhaps one of the most sensitive areas of our children'sinteraction with the schools involves patriotic observances. Werealize that deep feelings may be involved, and we appreciate verymuch those teachers who handle the various situations withsensitivity and understanding. An explanation of why Jehovah'sWitnesses do not participate in patriotic observances may behelpful. Historical evidence indicates that the first Christians did notinvolve themselves in political affairs. As Jesus said of them:"They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world."(John 17:16) Rather, they shared a common allegiance to a heavenlygovernment, God's Kingdom. New York educators Eugene A. Colliganand Maxwell F. Littwin said regarding them in the book From the OldWorld to the New: "They preferred the Kingdom of God to any kingdomthat they might serve on earth." In this respect early Christians followed closely the example setby Jesus Christ, and Jehovah's Witnesses today try to live up tothat standard. (John 6:15; 18:36) Note how textbooks comment on theneutral position Christ's early followers took toward politicalaffairs: "Early Christianity was little understood and was regarded withlittle favor by those who ruled the pagan world. . . . Christiansrefused to share certain duties of Roman citizens. . . . They wouldnot hold political office."-On the Road to Civilization, A WorldHistory (1937), by Albert K. Heckel and James G. Sigman, pages 237,238. "The Roman government called the Christians enemies of the state.They would not serve in the Roman army. They refused to salute theemperor's statue, which meant the same to Roman society that anation's flag does to citizens today. They were loyal only to theirreligion."-Man-His World and Cultures (1974), by Edith McCall,Evalyn Rapparlie and Jack Spatafora, pages 67, 68. As you may appreciate, following a similar course of neutralitytoday affects our young people's participation in a number ofschool exercises and activities. What conscientious position onthese matters have Jehovah's Witnesses taken earth wide? The Flag Salute Even though we do not salute the flag of any nation, this certainlyis not meant to indicate disrespect. We do respect the flag ofwhatever country we live in, and we show this respect by obedienceto the country's laws. We never engage in antigovernment activityof any kind. In fact, we believe that present human governmentsconstitute an "arrangement of God" that he has temporarilypermitted to exist. So we consider ourselves under divine commandto pay taxes, tribute and honor to such "superiorauthorities."-Romans 13:1-7. 'But why, then,' you may ask, 'do you not honor the flag bysaluting it?' It is because we view the flag salute as an act ofworship. Although we do not discourage others from saluting theflag, we cannot conscientiously give what we view as worship toanyone or anything except our God, Jehovah. (Matthew 4:10) Ofcourse, many people do not consider the flag sacred or thatsaluting it is an act of worship. However, consider what secularauthorities say about this: "The flag, like the cross, is sacred. . . . The rules andregulations relative to human attitude toward national standardsuse strong, expressive words, as, 'Service to the Flag,' . . .'Reverence for the Flag,' 'Devotion to the Flag.'"-The EncyclopediaAmericana (1942), Volume 11, page 316. "Nationalism's chief symbol of faith and central object of worshipis the flag, and curious liturgical forms have been devised for'saluting' the flag, for 'dipping' the flag, for 'lowering' theflag, and for 'hoisting' the flag. Men bare their heads when theflag passes by; and in praise of the flag poets write odes andchildren sing hymns."-What Americans Believe and How They Worship(1952), by J. Paul Williams, pages 359, 360. You may feel that the above are extreme views. However, it isinteresting that in the colonial days of America the Puritansobjected to the British flag because of its red cross of "Saint"George. According to The EncyclopÃÂ¦dia Britannica (1910-1911), theydid this, "not from any disloyalty to the mother country, but froma conscientious objection to what they deemed an idolatroussymbol." One of the Ten Commandments forbids making an object to worshipwith "a form like anything that is in the heavens above or that ison the earth underneath." (Exodus 20:4, 5) As Christians, we alsofeel bound by the Bible's command to 'guard ourselves fromidols.'-1 John 5:21. We appreciate it when teachers are understanding regarding ourbeliefs and help our children to abide by them. Others haveexpressed an understanding of the position we have taken that theflag salute is related to worship, as the following comments show: "Christians refused to . . . sacrifice to the [Roman] emperor'sgenius-roughly equivalent today to refusing to salute the flag orrepeat the oath of allegiance."-Those About to Die (1958), byDaniel P. Mannix, page 135. "The key assumption is that saluting a flag constitutes an act ofreligious devotion. . . . This view, while odd, is not entirelywithout biblical support. . . . If saluting is a religious act,then it is forbidden by God's law however worthy the object ofrespect. In other words, refusal to salute need imply no disrespectfor flag or country."-Render Unto Caesar, The Flag-SaluteControversy (1962), David R. Manwaring, assistant professor ofpolitical science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, page 32. We would like to emphasize that we intend no disrespect for anygovernment or its rulers by our refusal to salute the flag. It isjust that we will not, in an act of worship, bow down to or salutean image representing the State, like the one Nebuchadnezzar raisedup in the plain of Dura, or like the modern flags of the nations.(Daniel 3:1-30) Significantly, the Supreme Court of the UnitedStates, in a historic reversal of a previous decision, stated: "We think the action of the local authorities in compelling theflag salute and pledge transcends constitutional limitations ontheir power and invades the sphere of intellect and spirit which itis the purpose of the First Amendment to our Constitution toreserve from all official control."-West Virginia State Board ofEducation v. Barnette (1943). So then, while others salute and pledge allegiance, our childrenstand quietly during the flag salute ceremony. But if, for somereason, the flag ceremony is conducted in such a way that simplystanding gives evidence of one's participation in the ceremony, ouryoung ones remain seated. In addition, our youths do not march inpatriotic parades, which would show their support of the thinghonored by the parade. We remain neutral.
I don't. So then you may ask, "why not?" Enough reasons here for anyone, liberal or conservative, religiousor atheist to have the Pledge of Allegiance removed from publicscho…ols: 1. Meaning lost in endless repetition, no explanation given, nohistory provided. 2. Comprises an ideological viewpoint that is forced on little kidsby authorities to whom they are dependent. 3. The two above, taken together, is the definition ofbrainwashing. 4. The absurdity of having to repeat a pledge daily that apparentlyis only good for 24 hours. 5. The conforming routine of it, which makes you feel like abrain-dead robot sheep as opposed to a citizen of a free countrywho enjoys individual liberty. 6. Subordinates the people to the government, which we are told ongood authority was created by us, with allegiance to us, not us toit. 7. Exalts nationalism over federalism contrary to the basicprinciples of our Republic. Subsuming states and individual rightsto central government is a necessary prerequisite for acentralized, socialist government to gain traction. This was anexplicit goal of Francis Bellamy, the socialist author of the P ofA. 8. Encourages jingoism. Antagonistic tribalism. No other countrieshave their citizens swear a loyalty oath to their government(except Mexico and the Philippines, mimicking the U.S). 9. Concocted by a company that sold flags as part of a plan tocompel schools to buy more flags while instilling socialist-stylenationalism in American children. 10. Unsavory connection with Nazis. The Pledge originally featuredthe Nazi-style salute. In fact, Hitler got it from the Italianfascists who much admired, that's right, kids in America doing itwhile saying the Pledge. 11. Is patriotic lip-service in place of, even at the expense of,actual civic engagement and action. (Symbolic patriotism) 12. Is uncritical patriotism at the expense of maintainingoversight over government. (Blind patriotism) 13. Considered by many Christians idolatry, taking the name of Godin vain, swearing oaths, serving two masters. 14. Divides the nation (and the classroom) along religious lines.Only those represented by the Judeo-Christian "God" need apply aspatriots (Ironic that "under God", comes right before"indivisible.") 15. Is hypocritical on the part of adults, bullying little kidsinto doing something that adults themselves don't do. (You say thePledge every day, do you, and on a government mandated schedule?) 16. And last, but not least, pledging allegiance to a flag is juststupid.
In The Bible
The Bible would probably say that the "sentiments" of the Pledge of Allegiance are good -- as long as that nation is indeed "one" in spirit and purpose -- and heart -- UNDER … God [obedient to Him]. And is not divisive [like, Americans used to be 'indivisible' and united as only 'Americans' and not 'Native-Americans' and 'African-Americans' and 'Chinese-Americans' and 'Mexican-Americans' and 'Italian-Americans' and... well... you get the idea]. As long as that nation is indeed UNDER God... and is not just paying lip service to Him... and has not set itself ABOVE Him. The Bible would probably say that the sentiments of the Pledge of Allegiance are very good ones. But these modern, high-tech [we're-too-advanced-and-wise-to-believe-in-God] days... the Bible would probably warn the people of that nation who might utter those sentiments: ...'These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.' ...You have let go of the Commandments of God and are holding on to the traditions of men... You have a fine way of setting aside the Commands of God in order to observe your own traditions." (Mark 7:6-9 NIV) "Thus you nullify the Word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that." (verse 13) The Bible might also say: "...Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand." (Matt.12:25 NIV) As Jesus lamented over Jerusalem... God's WORD might say to that nation which declares itself united UNDER God, but which is in Truth only uttering empty words: "...how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks UNDER her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate." (Matt.23:37 NIV) Yes... the Bible might say these things, and much more... not so much regarding the Pledge of Allegiance... but to the hearts of the people of that nation who repeat that pledge.
Because it reminds me of the troops and the way they fought for us.
so that they will have a stronger army :) sorry if im wrong
The Pledge of Allegiance is mainly an US tradition, not found in the majority of other countries, at least not to the extent it exists in other countries. It was originally wr…itten by Francis Bellamy, and has been modified four times since then. The latest modification was in 1954.The Pledge of Allegiance is for the purpose of expressing your loyalty to the federal flag. By extension this means you are pledging allegiance to your country.Some people choose not to Pledge Allegiance for various personal reasons.