Do Americans really think that swearing an oath means something? Especially swearing an oath to a cloth and a land mass defined by borders and under the thumb of an imaginary flying magic serial killer?
Swearing oaths has roots in the occult, but it doesn't seem to bother christians. I fyou say this incantation, it binds you supernaturally to a statement?
If you believe something, you believe something. No country can ever change that, or require it. But it seems that this American country thinks that uttering a magic spell is good enough. As long as you give lip service, as Marge Simpson would say. The government prefers a lie to the truth.
If you want to be owned by your government, fine. But does anyone really believe that uttering this nursery rhyme written by a socialist will condition children into being better than children in countries where they do no recite statist rhetoric disguised as "truth?" Are Canadian children simply awful? What truth has patriotism, and what does the "pledge" have to do with it?
It's like hanging the Ten No-No's in classrooms. This Abracadabra nonsense is worse that the God phrase in it. It promotes a belief with or without the word "God, " and there is no justification for it.
That being said, I must offer you a download, for reading my rant:
Charlie Made a Monkey, by the Love Jesus Cult, "The Family."