Comments: Rasmussen reports

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Interesting post, Hube. #1, 4 and 5 I'd go with 'yes'; 3 and 4, 'no' and 2...I guess 'not sure'...would be interested in knowing why children would want to opt out (or why the voters, while pretty much well divided in their responses to the other questions cut a close line on this one.

Posted by Nancy Cleveland at November 29, 2008 11:15 AM

Ooops...correction..4 IS a yes.

Posted by Nancy Cleveland at November 29, 2008 11:17 AM

Would #2 would have gotten a different response if it had been phrased as a parents' rights issue? I'd think most people could appreciate that there are legitimate religious reasons for not reciting the Pledge.

I've been an atheist all my life despite reciting the Pledge every day when I was in school. It never did me any harm, never caused me to believe in God. How weak does your mind have to be that it can't withstand a once-a-day "under God"?

Posted by Nels at November 29, 2008 12:48 PM

I opt out. We didn't say the pledge at all where I went to school (private school), so I find the whole business of reciting a nursery rhyme every morning rather silly. It doesn't inspire any feelings of patriotism in me - speaking to my Grandfather or my Father-in-law when they were still alive inspired me more. I require my students to stand and face the flag in the mornings, but I don't recite the pledge for/with them.

And, as long as I can opt out of saying it, I don't mind the "under God" in there.

Posted by Bronwen at November 29, 2008 09:14 PM

Your answers to #2 and #3 should be the same, or else you have a different concept of "liberty..for all" than I do.

Posted by Joe R. at November 30, 2008 04:23 AM

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