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I concur with most of John M. Crisp's observations on the Pledge of Allegiance ["Patriotism isn't defined by rote recitation," May 2].
Does the Pledge of Allegiance expire? Does it say, "Until tomorrow"?
Yet, even if you've said it a thousand times, as I have, there's always a demand to say it again.
How meaningful can it be if yesterday's pledge is not proof enough of patriotism today? But I disagree with Crisp's suggestion to change "under God" to "with tolerance."
James Madison, a champion of religious freedom, saw tolerance as conferring permission, whereas truly free people exercise their rights. Tolerance comes from those in power. Rights come from God.