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In addition to enforcing uniformity
there is an institutionally-sanctioned effort to manipulate people who are atheists to swear allegiance to one nation "under God."  I'm not an atheist, but that's pretty disrespectful, not to mention coercive, to try to force everyone to do this.  And this doesn't begin to address what should be the separation of church and state. Of course, those who would coerce have read a parallel and revisionist history of the founding fathers, so it's difficult to get through to them on the separation of church and state.

Another thing the pledge does is force minorities to say "with liberty and justice for all," when, from their experience, there is and has been only liberty and justice for some.  That's disrespectful as well.  The truth is that "for all" is the ideal, but we fall far short in reality.  But minorities should not be coerced into saying, in effect, all is well.

The bottom line, though, is that making everyone pledge mandatory shows an extreme lack of confidence.  Maybe those trying to extract forced pledges should take a look at what they do and whether they live up to the country and the Constitution. Maybe the coercive ones are the problem.  

"One person, one vote" died at the hands of SCOTUS, January 21, 2010

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