'Every morning the Pledge of Allegiance shall be said, following a moment of silence,' my teacher, Brock Maust said on the first day of school. No, it wasn't the first day of elementary school. It was the first day of my senior year of high school. The government of Indiana has made it a law that the Pledge of Allegiance must be said, followed by a moment of silence, in all schools throughout the Hoosier State.

I am against this law, not because it is patriotism. I am against it, because it is forced patriotism. I have the utmost respect for the men and women who serve and protect this country and our freedoms, but I refuse to participate in a forced patriotism act. The reciting of the Pledge is voluntary, but the whole concept of the meaning behind what the Pledge means, and what the law makes it mean, is totally unacceptable. The meaning behind the Pledge is sacred. It's to voluntarily give respect to our armed forces.

This forced act of patriotism has made me ashamed that we need to have a law to force us to remember our fallen soldiers. I talked to a former teacher who went to Iraq, and he said something that got me thinking. He said, 'if there needs to be a law to remember something, is it worth remembering?' I agree to some extent. The sacrifices are worth remembering, but I've developed another way of thinking. If there is a law to remember something, is it really remembering? I purely think that it's disrespectful to soldiers.

We are remembering their sacrifices in vain! Remembering and giving thanks for a sacrifice should be voluntary, not forced. I understand that reciting the Pledge is a way of remembering and no one is forced to actually say it, but the principle of actually making it a law, is wrong. I am ashamed and appalled that our government took it upon themselves and forced everyone to remember something they want to forget. It is if anything disrespecting to our men and women of the armed forces. The forced reciting of the precious words of the Pledge has kindled a fire deep within me. I have not come to a reasonable and logical solution to this problem, other than clearing the law.