I’ve never really understood the evangelical atheists’ obsession with removing the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
Seems to me that the real problem here—whether you’re atheist, agnostic, or devout—is the idea that we’re forcing school kids to take a loyalty oath to a swatch of cloth. If the argument is that they’re pledging allegiance to the country the cloth represents, that’s pretty creepy, too. I think the American experiment is far from perfect. And it will always be tainted by the slavery and Native American genocide that corresponded with its founding (and the enduring legacies of both). That said, I also think the American experiment is best thing that’s ever happened to mankind. At least so far.
But pledging allegiance to “America” carries a “my country, right or wrong” connotation that’s, frankly, un-American. At least if you’re defining “American” by the principles the country was founded upon.
Anyway, back to my original point: Why are atheists appalled by forcing school kids to utter the phrase “under God,” but seemingly unbothered by requiring them to pledge a loyalty oath to their government?
(Disclosure: I’m an agnostic.)