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Seattle Pacific University cuts Pledge of Allegiance from Veterans Day chapel because it makes some ‘uncomfortable’

Seattle Pacific University cuts Pledge of Allegiance from Veterans Day chapel because it makes some ‘uncomfortable’

By TJ Jan for The College Fix

An evangelical university is removing the Pledge of Allegiance from its Veterans Day chapel service in response to complaints that patriotism has no place in worship.

The “presentation of the colors,” in which a color guard presents or retires an American flag, has also been excised from the schedule.

In a Wednesday email to Seattle Pacific University faculty members who are military veterans, obtained by The College Fix, Chaplain Bo Lim said “some people mentioned to me that they would be uncomfortable doing [the Pledge of Allegiance] within a Christian worship service.”

Lim, also a religion professor at SPU, made clear that this was not the overwhelming response at the university, however.

“For many, the focus of the service would turn into whether we ought or ought not to have the pledge in a Christian worship service,” Lim wrote. “I imagine our community is probably split on this one so I could lean in either direction, but I’ve finally decided to pull it.”

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