Do you say the pledge of allegiance, when called to do so in a public setting? If so, do you include the words "...under god?" If not, do you stand or do you remain seated if you are already seated? I myself stand and pledge my allegiance because I want folks to know that I--a liberal, agnostic, Democrat--am invested in making this country as good as it can be, but I don't say "under God."
I say it every day at school as a teacher. I say "under god" just because I don't want a disruption of questions at the beginning of every period ("Why didn't you say that, Mr. X" ), and the closest I've come to being "out" as an atheist is to say I am not religious. I have too many headaches in getting my job done as at is.
Many students don't know many of the words in the pledge anyway. Pledge? Allegiance? Republic? Indivisible? Liberty? I can tell you I've had many students over the years who didn't know what any of those words meant.
when i was a junior in high school i said the pledge but left out "under god." as a senior i didn't even stand, because the "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" was so obviously also not true. it was something i wished was true, but it wasn't. i took hell for it, too, but i wouldn't stand. now i realize that loyalty oaths are dangerous to begin with, and that if someone was in fact a traitor to the country, wouldn't that person be the first to jump to his/her feet and the loudest reciter of the pledge? and furthermore, how often do we have to say it? does it expire? i don't need to show anyone anything. i am who i am. i love my country and i am invested in its not being the kind of country that persecutes people, even for not reciting a loyalty oath.
I am English and when in Dallas once went to an ice hockey match. It was about two months after 9-11 and the New York Fire Brigade choir or sumsuch sang the Star Spangled Banner. I think the match was Dallas someone v NewYork someone else.
The gist is that I found myself getting caught up with the whole emotion of the event and has my hand on my heart singing.
Shows how the collective can affect you when you are off guard!
I stand for the pledge of allegiance (although have not been called upon to have a reason to do so recently), with my hand over my heart, but I simply omit the "under god" words. That is what I taught my three children to do at school. They were never questioned about it, I doubt anyone ever notices if those words are not spoken!
We don't have any equivalent to your Pledge and I would be really embarrassed if we did. I abhor all national anthems and for many years now I have made a point of never standing up for them. Australia has disgraced itself by importing many jingoistic customs (flags on cars or in front yards etc) and I despise them.
I do say the pledge but don't say the words "under god". I don't care if anyone else sits during it, etc. I like how patriotic I feel in the moment...not saying the "under god" part makes me feel grateful I live in a country that I won't get killed for not saying it.