This I Believe
I believe that to be an American means to believe in yourself and stand up for what you believe in. So I have a story to tell about a boy in my third grade class and what he believed in. In my third grade class at Fort Crawford we had a variety of students but one student was very different than the rest of us. His name was Gino and he was a Jehovah witness. Gino was everyone’s friend and we did not treat him any differently than everyone else but my classmates and I didn’t understand some of the strange things he did or rather didn’t do. To begin with he didn’t celebrate birthdays not even his own and he also didn’t recognize any national holidays such as Christmas and Halloween. But the one thing that didn’t just confuse us but also confused the faculty at my school is that Gino didn’t say the pledge of allegiance. One day Gino brought into class a book to read at recess about two boys who also didn’t say the pledge of allegiance. In the book two students were confronted by their teacher about not saying the pledge allegiance and were sent to the principal’s office. Once in the office the principal had an American flag on his desk. He asked the boys to spit on the flag. The first boy spit on the flag before the principal even finished his sentence but the second boy refused. The principal didn’t understand why a student that wouldn’t say the pledge of allegiance also showed respect to the flag by not spitting on it. The student explained to the principal that he didn’t mean any disrespect to the flag by not saying the pledge of allegiance. The student loved America it was just against his religion to say the pledge. That book helped my classmates and I understand that Gino wasn’t being bad by not saying the pledge; he just had a different believe than the rest of us did. It is important to me to stick up for the things I believe in. Our world is filled with many different people, cultures, values, ideas, religions, and BELIEFS. America is the...
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