That is the question.
Did you learn the pledge of allegiance as a child? Have you, or are you, teaching it to your child(ren)? Does this line of questioning seem ridiculous to you? Do you want to scream at me, "Of course I know and recite the pledge of allegiance and of course I want to teach it to my child!" That was me once upon a time too. But now I'm not so sure. As Christians, should Chad and I teach Cady the pledge of allegiance? Increasingly we feel it's wrong to teach her to pledge allegiance to anything other than God. We want her to pledge her life to Christ and yet before she's even able to make that decision, she'll be pressured by schools (and some churches!) to pledge to a flag.
I haven't really been doing tons or research or anything, but I have run across a couple of things that are informing my thoughts.
Mennonites and the Flag
Mennonites and the Pledge of Allegiance
Other options for the pledge
Of course being a religious historian and knowing the origin and evolution of America's pledge is also informing my decision. For example, did you know that the phrase "under God" was not added to the pledge until 1954?. It was added, in part, as an attempt by President Eisenhower (and others in power) to unite Americans "under God," thus distinguishing America from the "godless communists."
I know I have more to say on this, but I want to hear what you have to say. I know I have friends on both sides of this issue so convince me that you're right. We're kind of sitting on the fence for now (Okay, I'm kind of sitting on the fence right now; Chad's convinced she shouldn't say it), trying to figure out what we're going to do and being thankful for the international/multicultural emphasis of Montessori that hasn't found it necessary to teach the pledge to C yet.
Now regardless of where we end up on this issue in terms of pledging at schools, sporting events, etc., we will teach our children not to say the pledge of allegiance at church. Why? Because the church should be a place where national boundaries don't exist. The church is universal and should never exclude anyone with national propaganda like pledges and anthems. God is the God of all nations and the church building should be one place that all nationalities can come together on equal footing. It should never be a place where we glorify our nation, the actions of our nation, or the sacrifices of those serving in our military above God and the ultimate sacrfice God made in sending Jesus or the sacrifices we are called to make as Christians living in a secular world.