Do YOU Say The Pledge of Allegiance?

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Do YOU Say The Pledge of Allegiance?When setting up our children’s learning routine, there were several areas of study on our list which we felt could not be overlooked. We carefully planned each course, knew the direction we wanted to move in, and proceeded with an open mind. It wasn’t until we joined a formal learning group for activities and socializing that it became obvious we had entirely skipped one particular point of learning. Our kids did not know the Pledge of Allegiance.

It’s funny how things like this seem to have skipped my mind entirely. While I am sure we said The Pledge in my younger years of education, I cannot for the life of me remember ever saying The Pledge in high school. (This is not to say we didn’t, but that I certainly do not recall having done so.) Therefore, when I went about setting up our own learning routine, saying The Pledge each morning did not even occur to me; not once.

It took several weeks of attending a homeschool co-op for our kids to finally get it down, but eventually we got it. In addition to the American Flag salute, we also learned the Christian Flag salute. By now, they have become second nature and the kids could say them front, back, and probably put them to song.

What’s interesting is that while we’ve learned this for group events, we still do not say The Pledge each morning. Frankly, it just doesn’t occur to me. It’s not that I am opposed to saying it. I suppose I’ve just never found it necessary. Please, don’t think us unpatriotic. We love being American; we love living in the United States. I believe it should to be said for public events and before particular celebrations. I just don’t know if this is something which my family needs to have as the starting point of each day. This is generally reserved for devotion.

I might also add I find it interesting that younger grades are encouraged to say The Pledge of Allegiance and yet higher learning establishments do not have this tradition, nor is this something done at the beginning of everyone’s day. It seems to be only an elementary learning practice. I feel a research project coming on…

Am I the odd man out? I’d love to know how other families tackle this sticky issue.

“If a man makes a vow to the LORD, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
~ Numbers 30:2

Your Turn!: Is saying a pledge to the nation’s flag only traditional for American citizens, or do other countries require this as well? Do you say The Pledge each day? Share with us why you do this and what importance you believe it plays in your home.

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REASON TO HOMESCHOOL #3254

Every once in a while, my husband asks to guest post; addressing concerns which he feels are vital to both homeschooling and families. Today, he shares yet another reason we are thankful for the blessing of home education.

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By now, many of you have heard about the 9th Circuit court’s decision to allow a California school to prevent students from wearing t-shirts with the American flag in order to favor other students’ celebration of a foreign holiday. Among these judges and school officials are likely some of the same bong-sucking hippies that were burning flags in the sixties and seventies. While their personal hygiene habits have likely improved since then, their ideas still stink.

Others have already pointed out the problem with U.S. judges and school officials giving special preference to foreign loyalties rather than to their own country, which is both unpatriotic and, as far as the judges are concerned, a violation of their oath to uphold our Constitution. There’s a good reason why the 9th Circuit is running either 1st or 2nd for most reversed rulings in the land. It’s also one more reason why village schools are dismal failures at doing their job.

As parents and Biblical theists, we understand that God expects us to exercise loyalty to certain persons and institutions. Where there is a conflict of interest, we are to have fidelity to one person or institution, and where we can have multiple loyalties, there is a hierarchy of priority where some persons and institutions are placed before others.

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For example, since God is the very ground of objective ethics, the first two Commandments requires our loyalty to Him, the only true God. Intimate relations were created to take place within the context of monogamous man/woman marriage, and intimacy with anyone to whom we are not married is a conflict of interest with regard to our spouse, so the seventh commandment requires our loyalty to our spouse.

And then there are institutions in which our duties to them rationally imply fidelity. For example, parents and children have certain duties and responsibilities toward one another which requires that each side place a priority on their own parents or children over the parents and children of other people. So while I can be nice to my neighbor’s kid, my child takes priority and I will place his interests first.

The same goes for nations. We’re commanded to honor the government, because God instituted the principle of government to establish order. Because nations can and do go to war or have conflicted interests, citizens have a duty to exercise loyalty to their own country first. So, as Biblical theists, and to preserve order, we have a duty to teach our children to be patriotic, i.e., to place the interests of one’s own country over that of others. The state also has a duty to foster this national loyalty, if for no other reason than for self-preservation.

At this point, some knee-jerk liberal will be waving her arm like Arnold Horshack in an attempt to ask what she considers to be a clever question:

“Well what if you’re a citizen of a nazi Germany? Are you supposed to be loyal to that?”

As I already noted, where there is a conflict of interest, there is a hierarchy of priority. The scriptures are clear that, where the two conflict, we are to obey God rather than men. So, to answer Horshack, God does not obligate us to obey a command by one’s government (or anyone else) which instructs us to commit or approve of evil.

This brings us back to the California school and 9th Circuit’s decision to oppress students’ patriotism in favor of foreign loyalties. This is a gross dereliction of duty on the part of civil servants, and responsible parents ought to keep their child from being indoctrinated with such misplaced loyalties. Feel free to add this to the ever-expanding list of reasons to offer skeptics when they ask why you homeschool your children.

FG