Not disagreeing, just curious: what religious reasons would prevent someone from standing for the pledge/anthem? I mean, I believe that people have the right to sit/kneel/whatever, ESPECIALLY as a symbolic gesture. I just want to understand the religious motivations.
Well for example, Jehovah’s Witnesses chose to opt out of the Pledge/National Anthem. Some stand and just don’t recite it and put their hand over their heart and others just sit while it’s being done. My grandfather, who I mentioned in my tags of that post, was in the navy when he was young but does not participate because he’s now a JW.
In their opinion, the way we act towards the flag is a form of idolatry, which is not okay except in the case of God. We salute to it, have ceremonies involved with it, we pledge to it, we dispose of it in a sacred way, and we treat the flag in a very specific way that they view is only reserved for God. And even though I don’t believe in what my grandparents believe in, I completely understand where they are coming from and even agree that the flag worship in this country is ridiculous.
Even outside of Jehovah’s Witnesses, there are those who interpret their religious texts similarly. Passages about idolatry is in many religions and I’ve even heard non-Jehovah’s Witnesses express similar opinions about how we treat the flag and how they don’t believe they should participate due to their religious beliefs.
And this is strictly religious reasons, obviously there are other reasons people chose to opt out of the national anthem and pledge.