I explained that I respect the flag, will hold my hand over my heart and be reverent but I don't believe in the words that are essentially opposite what a free country is about. I tried my best to go over it's history, explained socialist Francis Bellamy, Lincoln's assault on states' rights and how nationalism has done so much harm to our freedoms.
I said 'one nation, indivisible' is anti-American. He was a little disturbed but polite and said he would take my offer back to the Council.
The Flag is a big deal in the Scouts but what do you think, did I go overboard?