Originally Posted by tall_one
okay i'm done ranting, i don't know why we are arguing about this again but i hope you realize this is nothing personal Lee
Nicki, I'm not trying to argue with you. May be this conversation will help both of us understanding more.
I had similar experience as you although I was an adult at that time and it's to a lesser degree. I was asked to put my hand on my heart during the US national anthem in a TKD tournament. Canadians don't have this 'tradition' and I'm still a Canadian. I didn't feel comfortable at all. My son has to pledge his allegiance to US everyday in school when he's not even a US citizen. I understand I have the choice to not living in US but the reality is, this is where we are living, NOW. Even I put my son in a private school, he'll still pleging his allegiance to US. I can demand my son not doing this. There may be a battle with school, I don't know. But I choose not to because I don't want him, who's already struggling with the social side of learning, to have more burden.
I am really sorry that the people around you didn't respect your choice. When I moved to US, I was quite shocked by some very devoted Catholics here because what many did was a mockery to their religion. IMO, they don't really represent what Christianity is but they are like family members, you can't cut them off because they are black sheep.
I would be very sad for human beings if children are not told about Mother Teresa, her work and her devotion to help people, only because she's a Catholic nun.