A minor incident at the local high school got me to thinking. Should students be forced to say the pledge of allegiance. Should it be a punishable offense if they don’t stand up and say the pledge? I understand that there would have to be rules in place to be sure that they don’t interrupt the rest of the group, but should they be made to say the pledge even if it goes against what they believe?
If you are a casual reader of this blog and think that as a Christian you know what I am going to say you may be a little shocked. But I am sure that long term readers will rightly guess that I think forcing anyone to say the pledge is not only wrong, but it goes against everything that this country is all about.
No one in this country should be forced to say something that they don’t believe is true, not even students. You should not be forced to stand for something that you don’t agree is right.
Now I believe that you should stand up for the pledge out of respect for this country. But what makes this country worth respecting is the fact that you are allowed to stay sitting down. In this country you are allowed to say what you believe even if what you believe is that this is a messed up country.
I think that I feel so passionately about this because I see the world that we live in changing very rapidly and there is a good chance that when my son is in high school there may be someone telling him that he can’t tell his friends about Jesus. I would hope that he would go ahead and tell them anyway even if it meant getting into trouble, but more than that I hope that people will speak up and defend the rights of students to express what they believe in school.
So what do you think? Should a student who is not disrupting others be allowed to sit down during the pledge?