Thanks to Sen. Stephenson for including language in the Pledge bill directing
that students be advised that the Pledge is voluntary and that they should
respect students who choose not to participate.Personally, I agree
with former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who sees the Pledge as a loyalty oath
more fitting of a totalitarian state, such as Nazi Germany. Nevertheless, I
welcome the efforts of people like Sen. Stephenson who make it less coercive.