@ChrisJohnson82: I feel the same way. I've made a compromise where I stand with my hand over my heart, but remain silent.
@CarolineZilk: But you're an American! ...I say, participate unless you're busy recording, taking a photo or writing something down.
@Monbud: As an American, of course, it's optional to join in no matter where you are.
@StevenPortnoy: I stand with my hand over my heart. Liberty and justice for all are American ideals worthy of objective endorsement.
@Ari_Shapiro: But aren't lots of ideas at rallies "American ideals worthy of objective endorsement?" I'm not disagreeing with the pledge.
@Tcmassie: As a former radio reporter, I had conversations with colleagues who did not register to vote, so as not to seem partisan.
@Ari_Shapiro: Yet I vote, as an independent.
@ScrollnKey: Pretty ridiculous thought. At a minimum u should participate just to celebrate that u have the freedom to choose.
@Snaggleswood: The whole concept has always struck me as a bit fascist, having to stand when demanded to affirm our allegiance.
@Shoshuga: Now if you were going to stand up and sing Hatikvah [Israel's national anthem], then I'd completely understand your concern.
@PatOBeirne: If you are there to report, you shouldn't participate. Just don't be disrespectful.
@TournezVous: Do what I did when my old job's shareholder meetings opened with prayer: bow your head & check your blackberry.
@Ari_Shapiro: Every political candidate has lines I agree with. But of course I don't applaud in the stump speech. So why draw a line at the pledge?
@McKayCoppins: I think the argument is that the pledge is supposed to be apart from politics—not being used to elect a candidate.
@GlobeSessions: I stand (so as not to disrupt by drawing attention to the sitting man) but do not recite. Blending w/o participating.
@Kimu: AS a qualitative researcher, I aim for respectful non-participation & try to blend into the background. #FlyOnTheWall
@Slichtor FWIW, I'd stand (same for any nat'l anthem) but history has shown that there's a fine line btwn blind patriotism & xenophobia.
@DjCiskey The pledge is a unifying, non-partisan statement of values. Reciting it w/ Ds or Rs does not imply support for their platform.
@TiChall If you were reporting from another country, would you stand when that country's anthem was played?
@MiraOberman As a Canadian reporter I stand out of respect for anthem, pledge or prayers but don't sing/pledge/pray along as disingenuous.
@BFreedInA2: Observe/participate line can be tough to draw. Humming along/tapping your foot to the music? The tunes they play can be catchy.
@Ari_Shapiro: Currently tapping my foot to "I Was Born Free..."
@Cakilpack: Not standing for the pledge is not neutral; it's a statement.