I'm sorry that I haven't spoken about this sooner. It's because I was scared of the backlash I'd receive for bringing this up. I knew that my faith was slipping when I stopped saying the Pledge of Allegiance every morning during the 2nd half of my senior year in high school. It was because of "under g-d." I felt like theism didn't belong there. Little did I know that I'd start thinking more for myself there. I was angry about how American Patriotism was kinda becoming a religion. What I mean by that is while I was in middle school, I was taught to view the American flag similarly to how Christians viewed the cross.
When I graduated in 2014, my classmates and I were forced to take a loyalty oath. This was a civilian high school. I pulled aside one of the teachers and attempted to express my concerns as an adult. I said that if footage of N.Korea's high schools got leaked and they were doing that, there'd be outraged. She called me disrespectful and I cried about it on the inside, because I didn't want it to ruin my big day.
I've been struggling with this for almost 3yrs and I can't answer the question by myself. I ask if it's more disrespectful to force patriotism down the throats of others/treat it like a religion or not to treat it as such?
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