Perspicuity II


"To honor our country's flag by itself, for its own sake, is the ultimate in shallowness.  It misses the point utterly.  It borders on idolatry if not blasphemy.

"I respect what the flag of the United States of America stands for: One nation, magnificent in its diversity, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

William J. Scanlon
(A citizen of Madison, Wisconsin in the midst of a heated debate in that city in October, 2001 over whether the
"Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" (1954 version, with "under god") should be required to be recited every morning in every classroom of the city's public schools.)

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