Today, we returned to school. I was generally extremely tired today, having went to bed around 3:00 AM last night (due to a raped sleeping pattern adapted over the Winter Break...) I woke up around 5:45 AM this morning, took a shower, got dressed, got all my shtuff together, and hopped in my dad's truck to go to school.
This semester is truly going to be hell. First block, Math. Hopefuly I can get Geometry over with in the first 4 1/2 weeks. And the rest of the time I prey to whatever deity that I can get Algebra 2 done, and over with, with at least a C- ...
next block is my humanities class. And I don't think I ever groaned so loudly about an essay. The good news: It's due at the end of the semester. The bad news: It's a College-level research paper that needs to be minimum 10 pages. Probably not much for some people, but for those who don't know; I'm lazy as hell. I barely get homework done anyway. Oh well, I'll manage, and hopefuly I'll have fun with it. In fact, I'll even post my progress here.
Lunch ... to put it bluntly ... sucks like hell. I have A lunch, which aside from eating lunch at bloody 10:40 in the MORNING, I don't know anyone. So I basically buy lunch, and walk around for half an hour 'til lunch ends. But today I visited my 11th grade humanities teacher, and that took up a bit of time. She's happy to know that I'll be graduating this year.
Anyway, bell rings, lunch ends, third block begins, and I'm still tired despite the food and drink. This is the class where I'll be making up THREE credits in 18 weeks. Including World History, Biology, and some sort of technology credit. The teacher is cool, Mr. Daniels really knows how to work with the students. And as for my work... I apparently get the "short version" of World History, which is from the Renaissance up to present. Which doesn't make much sense to me, because what's the point of World history if you're only going to look at the latter parts if it, and not its roots? I don't particularly care, since I know about most of it anyway, but it's still quite odd. And sometime soon I will start the biology. And I'll do something for Technology. Possibly HTML, I don't know.
The Bus Ride home as usual boring, and then I arrive home, and watch a bit more of The Lion King, that I didn't watch last night, then sign onto the internet like I always do.
So, this is now my mind-numbing daily routine for the next 18 weeks... and like a cheetah, I'm sure it will go blurringly fast.
And now the feature of my posting this afternoon: Why I do not stand for the pledge of allegience.
First, a little history lesson. In the 1950's what the United States was more afraid of than anything was Communism. Particularly that of the USSR. Now, Socialist Russia was by default, Atheist. So now we have a reason to fear Atheism-- because it's Socialist, and defies everything that America supposedly stands for. Here we go, now the church has a reason to convince the government that we NEED to give religion a boost... to undermine Atheism, and to give Christianity prominance in American History... a FAKE prominance.
It was a petition by the Knights of Columbus in 1954 that got the phrase "Under God" put into the Pledge of Allegience, and according to Dwight D. Eisenhower "... reaffirmed transcendence of God in our nation ... etc...." which couldn't be any less true when put into context.
Yeah sure, our founding fathers used the Bible as a reference to form the constitution, but neither the bible, nor god, nor even religion Dictates the Constitution ... AT ALL. Are we worshipping the Ancient Greek or Roman Gods when we say the Pledge of Allegience? No, we aren't. So why should I be forced to be patriotic and worship the Christian one?
Sorry folks, but I won't do it. I don't stand for that, and I would not like my country to stand for it, be under it, or even be represented by something so oppressive as the Christian God. I don't mind standing for a secular country which at least attempts to defend my rights as a human being, but I will NOT stand for a country which doesn't even represent the human in me! That defies the very principles of the country, and to put it bluntly, it really pisses me off that such legislation has passed 5 decades and 2 years ago, give or take.
Because after Under God was added, the phrase "In God We Trust" was added to our currency... which also was a crusade by the religious idiots who used communism as an excuse in the 1950's ... And yes, I do cross out "GOD" on my money. Our nation is secular, our founding fathers said it, our constitution has said it, and many of this country's best presidents have recognized it.
Until our country starts to represent me, I may consider standing up again, but until then, the country gets none of my respects. I always like to bring this up: A pledge of allegience should include everyone while excluding no one. A country should represent everyone. Otherwise you'll have people like me who just don't want to live here anymore.
That's all I have for now,
See you everyone.
P.S. I'm tired so pardon any typos.