Rethinking the Pledge.

Every morning, the Pledge of Allegiance comes across the PA in my classroom. My students are told to stand, and we place our hands on our chests. Usually, a few students and I say the Pledge along with PA Voice. And every time I do this, I don’t want to.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for American freedom and privilege. I’ve visited and heard about the rest of the world enough that I know the opportunities for a free and peaceful life are greater here than almost anywhere else on the planet. Both of my grandpas fought in WWII and I am indebted to them. Gratitude for being an American is not something I like.

Pride for being an American, however, is not something I hope to acquire or cultivate.

Should a 1930s-40s-50s-era German citizen have German pride? Should they pledge (promise) allegiance (faithfulness) to the flag that meant death to over 6 million?

Should I promise my faithfulness to the flag of a country where in 2005, 1.21 million abortions (translation: unborn babies’ lives ended) took place?

Sure, changing the laws would be great. But that will just push the problem underground (like drugs). The only solution is sharing the truth about abortion. So many people honestly believe that abortion is a medical procedure that does not end a life, it just prevents one. That’s why sites like are essential.

Please don’t just say you are pro-life, do something.

One day, you will have to answer how you lived in the midst of a slaughter exponentially worse then the Holocaust and what you did to save lives.

And, again, I wonder: should I pledge allegiance to this flag?


About Brian Phillips

Brian lives in Spain with Kassie and their kids.
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