I will no longer pledge allegiance as I was taught,
to a nation, religion, or book,
If pledging to the nation requires I pretend liberty and justice applies to all,
in light of clear evidence contradicting.
If pledging to a book canonized by men insists I make-believe its words prevent sin,
when those words are all too often used for hate instead of love.
If pledging to a Christian flag demands I swear an oath to so-called brotherhood,
united to exclude, traumatize, and injure those it views as other.
If my allegiance to a flag and nation means
I endorse its government killing citizens in the streets,
killing innocents in the middle east,
killing refugees in camps,
then I withdraw the allegiance
I spoke every time I said the words.
If my allegiance to a book means
I must blame the abused for their abuse,
blame victims for their suffering,
blame the struggling for their struggle,
then I withdraw my hand from the cover
of that leather-bound volume and turn away.
If my allegiance to Christianity means
I must advocate harm of the marginalized,
harm of the poor,
harm of our earth,
then I will not be a Christian,
will keep my allegiance to myself,
refusing to make any pledge to idols
that desecrates the still, small voice of the Divine within.