posted on May, 10 2014 @ 04:36 PM
I think it has to do with peer pressure: a pupil in class sits, then there comes this pledge, all others stand up and recite the words - what will the
pupil do, even if the pupil was never taught in more than the basics of religion?
The pupil will stand up and imitate the other pupils. Like a good puppy. Very well.
So not only the pupil learned a lesson in Sheep 101, but the pupil might ask the parents about this, forcing them into a vast discussion (if taken
seriously) about individuality, respect for others, religion and such things.
So, there is no freedom in reciting the pledge. No freedom of thought, no freedom to express your own opinion about it (especially religious ideas).
Say the words or else!...
There was something quite similar in German schools some years ago. In Bavaria there is a more than average level of catholicism, compared to the rest
of this country. So, every school and about every public building had a crossed jesus hanging on a wall very good in view.
They were ruled to take the jesus down.
Of course, very many left him hanging.
What does this tells us? Customs stay. Even against court decisions. Just because "it will always be like it was yesterday". This doesn't help
further us all.