I hate to get all political here...but, you all seem very educated and open minded, so, I wanted to get your opinions on this: Does anyone else find it disturbing that since September 1, 2001 the school children of Texas are required to also pledge aligence to the state of Texas? Do other states also do this? And, how is it possible to plege aligence to the State of Texas and the United States of America at the same time? Help me understand why this should not disturb me? here is the statute: The following information is excerpted from the Texas Statutes, Government Code, Title 11, Subchapter C, Sections 3100.101-3100.104. GOVERNMENT CODE. TITLE 11. STATE SYMBOLS AND HONORS; PRESERVATION. SUBCHAPTER C. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO STATE FLAG. Sec. 3100.101. PLEDGE. The pledge of allegiance to the state flag is: "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one and indivisible." Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001 Sec. 3100.102. OCCASIONS AT WHICH PLEDGE MAY BE RECITED. The pledge of allegiance to the state flag may be recited at any: (1) public or private meeting at which the pledge of allegiance to the United States flag is recited; and (2) state historical event or celebration. Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Sec. 3100.103. ORDER OF RECITATION. The pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States should be recited before the pledge of allegiance to the state flag if both are recited. Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Sec. 3100.104. RECITING PLEDGE. If the pledge to the state flag is recited, each person who is present and: (1) not in uniform should: (A) face the state flag and stand at attention with the person's right hand over the heart; (B) if wearing a head covering that is easy to remove, remove that head covering with the right hand and hold it at the person's left shoulder, with the person's hand over the heart; and (C) recite the pledge; or (2) in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and make the military salute. Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, Sec. 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.