Ok, I don't know if I'd fall into the younger or older category. I have taught in both inner-city and middle class schools, and 1st to 10th grade. I am a MWF with 2 young kids. (This is starting to sound like an ad for a date...) Here is my take on the "religious" aspect. When I was young, I was raised agnostically because my parents both came from mixed marriages and wanted us to be able to choose for ourselves. Later, for many reasons, I became very angry with God. Now, I have fallen into a Christian belief system that is very open and accepting of other beliefs. During the time that I was angry, I was uncomfortable with saying "under God". However, at no point in time did I feel that it was OK to be disrepectful of the Flag or the US. I would stand quietly, hand on chest, or I would recite all but UG. People have made valid points on both sides. At least we have the opportunity to have this discussion because our freedom protects it (and us.) I don't always agree with all of the politics, laws, or leaders of our country. But I am a part of the family, so to speak. Like someone else pointed out, I don't agree with everything but I do know that I will stand (respect) and support my country. I don't have a problem with people who don't want to mindlessly recite the pledge. But then it is our responsibility to make sure it is not mindless or without understanding. If UG makes you uncomfortable then you have the freedom not to say. It is ok to take that path, too. But if you are enjoying the freedom of deciding whether to say the pledge or not, I hope you are thankful and respect the fact that you have the opportunity. that alone, IMO, is worth standing silently. FWIW, I agree that we should really (as a nation) decide whether UG should remain in the pledge.