PERSONALLY, I DON'T CARE IF I DO OFFEND ANYONE BY THIS!!!
I PLEDGE ALLIANCE TO THE FLAG OF AUSTRALIA AND TO THE COMMONWEALTH FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
MY GENERATION GREW UP RECITING THE AUSTRALIA ANTHEM EVERY MORNING IN SCHOOL WITH MY HAND ON MY HEART. THEY NO LONGER DO THAT FOR FEAR OF OFFENDING SOMEONE!
LET'S SEE HOW MANY AUSSIES WILL RE-POST THIS AND NOT CARE ABOUT OFFENDING SOMEONE.
Ah, I get where you are coming from Mate, but get rid of the horrible bastardisation of American pledge of allegiance which reads "I PLEDGE ALLIANCE TO THE _AMERICAN_ FLAG AND TO THE _REPUBLIC_ FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL".
This is a rehash of an American call to Nationalism, bastardised to change a few words to put it in an Australian context.
We didn't recite our national anthem, we sang it with gusto, although in our day it was God Save the Queen! And today nobody is ashamed of singing Advanced Australia Fair, or Waltzing Matilda for that matter!
We aren't a Republic, we aren't one nation under God - in Australia we have separated Church from State.
I'm not offended by the sentiment, just saddened by fact that someone tried to shoe-horn a set of American sentiments onto a Australian way of living that doesn't and shouldn't need it.
Let's do one better and find a truly Australian way of expressing pride in our Country and it's achievements! ;-) Any ideas?
er, see ya at half past...