Not Standing For The Pledge Of Allegiance

When I came to America in 1977 and entered sixth grade, I tried to get away with not standing for the pledge of allegiance. I said that I was an Australian, not an American, and I should not have to stand.

The teacher insisted that I stand but said I did not have to say the pledge.

(I became an American citizen in 1991.)

If I were covering a president of the United States or anyone in the world, I would not stand. To stand up when someone comes into a room puts you in a sort of obeisance to that person and as a reporter, I would not want to do that. I don’t think I’d bow to the emperor of Japan either.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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