Tags: flag | pledge | uconn

Flag Pledge at UConn Games Starts Debate

Thursday, 01 Dec 2011 01:30 PM

By Andra Varin

University of Connecticut basketball games now begin with a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — and not everyone is thrilled about it.
Interim athletic director Paul Pendergast thought it would be a nice idea to include the pledge before singing the national anthem.
“To lead into the national anthem with the Pledge of Allegiance gives the fans a little extra insight into what the anthem is all about,” Pendergast told the Hartford Courant. “I think as a prelude to the anthem, the pledge has put people into a different frame of mind so that the anthem is not rote, as it sometimes seems to be. I think the two work very well together.”
But some fans posting on Internet message boards say patriotism has nothing to do with whether or not you win a basketball game.
“Basketball games are sporting events, not patriotic gatherings. What’s next? Pledging allegiance when I get my driver’s license?” asked on poster on TheBoneyard.com, which bills itself as the Huskies’ No. 1 fan site.
Others were concerned because of the phrase “under God” in the pledge. “I’m never a fan of overt religiosity at sporting events, and this feels over the edge,” one poster wrote.
Pendergast said that if people don’t want to recite the pledge, they don’t have to. He told the Courant he hasn’t received any “negative feedback.”
 “It caught me by surprise when we started doing it,” women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma told the paper. “It’s like anything else. You will have people complain about it and others that love it.”

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

UC Davis Ebola Case? Adult Patient With Virus' Symptoms Admitted

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 20:25 PM

A patient with Ebola-like symptoms was admitted to UC Davis Medical Center in California on Thursday in "good" condition . . .

Mummified Mongolian Monk Found Sitting in Lotus Position

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 19:54 PM

A mummified Mongolian Buddhist monk, which may be as many as 200 years old, has been discovered sitting in a lotus medit . . .

Ohio State Patrol Marijuana Bust: 235 Pounds Worth $1.2M Recovered

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 19:34 PM

Ohio State Patrol officers recovered 235 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $1.2 million during a traffic st . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved