Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

I Salute Our Flag, and Live as a Citizen of the World

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

I Salute Our Flag, and Live as a Citizen of the World

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Every week, as I have done for the past 15 years, I publicly pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America during our Monday night Boy Scout troop meeting. It is a pledge that I take very seriously, very solemnly, very reverently. I am proud to wear the flag of the United States on my uniform and genuinely, albeit imperfectly, try to live up to the national ideals symbolized by that flag.

However, my allegiance to my nation is not absolute, not unconditional.

I am a Christian; therefore my allegiance to the Gospel of Jesus Christ supersedes my allegiance to my nation. I am a child of the Earth; therefore my allegiance to the global community supersedes my allegiance to my nation. I am a human being; therefore my allegiance to my fellow human beings, regardless of their national origin, race, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation or taste in music supersedes my allegiance to my nation. …

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