This story link points to a discussion on the Pledge of Alligance controversy. The arguments put forth by W Safir are interesting, but what caught my eye was the closing quote, and a comment.. The closing quote puts my concerns in a nutshell.
From the standpoint of a Christian, I always think it's a little sad when my fellow believers feel it necessary to use the state to coerce religious devotion and even "conversion."
They should read Paul more closely. His writing shows a clear break from the idea of a theocracy contained in the Hebrew Bible.
Christians should take Paul's advice and concentrate on making our own communities shining examples.
In the comment section, John Wilkens of Boulder Colorado puts forth an idea for a new Pledge. I think this reframes the issue nicely. I wouldn't mind if citizens [particularly congress] read this aloud daily. It is probably more in concert with the sentiments of the 'Founding Fathers' than the prestwent day Pledge.
I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America,
Defending our rights to speak, worship and live freely without coercion;
Holding our government accountable for its actions;
While safeguarding liberty, justice and due process for all.