The Evangelical Seattle Pacific University has decided to omit the Pledge of Allegiance from its Veterans’ Day chapel service because a few people complained that that kind of patriotism made them “uncomfortable.”
The ceremony’s “presentation of the colors,” in which a color guard retires or presents a — trigger warning! — American flag, will also be omitted.
Now, the service is optional, so you would think that those who felt “uncomfortable” with patriotism could just choose to go literally anywhere else but an event intended to honor patriotism without any institutional action being necessary.
But you’d be wrong.
Chaplain Bo Lim stated in an e-mail that was obtained by the College Fix that “some people mentioned to [him] that they would be uncomfortable [saying the Pledge of Allegiance] within a Christian worship service.”
“For many, the focus of the service would turn into whether we ought or ought not to have the pledge in a Christian worship service,” Lim wrote. “I imagine our community is probably split on this one so I could lean in either direction, but I’ve finally decided to pull it.”
Again: This is not just a “Christian worship service,” but a Veterans’ Day Christian worship service. Veterans’ Day, as in the one damn day in which you would think that the increasingly considered-offensive sentiment of patriotism would be considered at least acceptable.
Lim explained that the point of the ceremony was “to help our community support military persons within our midst,” and that “including the pledge it would be a distraction from this cause.”
(Yes — Lim is actually saying that the pledge of the United States of America would be a “distraction” from the cause of honoring those who have served the United States of America.)
#share#Not surprisingly, SPU’s Military & Veterans Support Club is speaking out against the changes.
“As several veterans have already noted, their friends did not die for our country so that Americans could be ashamed of or made uncomfortable by their own flag,” a post on the group’s Facebook page states.
#related#But hey — what’s more important here? The wishes of the people who have risked their lives for our country or the wishes of a few whiny students who need the whole world to be their “safe space” regardless of how that affects anyone else?
Clearly, it’s the students. I mean, it’s not like any members of the military have ever died for those students’ rights to be able whine freely in the first place or anything like that!
And it’s not like the college deleted everything from the ceremony’s schedule. In fact, according to the College Fix, it will still devote several minutes to considering the holiday from the United Kingdom’s point of view.