Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KA2UFP, Dec 7, 2017.
Out of idle curiosity... Why do you ask?
( And yes, my club does )
A radio club is supposed to be a bunch of people getting together to run their club and do radio related stuff. Whatever the group decides would be fine, but nobody should be forced to pledge anything. Except their annual dues
There you have it you have a right not to do the pledge they have a right not to be interested in your demonstration.
I took it to mean "ham club business" in general not just the pledge issue. The OP isn't well written...
Did not see in any of the posts where club members were being forced to recite the pledge maybe I missed it.
Maybe "expected" would have been a better term to use. I'm just not sure what purpose it serves at a radio club meeting. Other than perhaps to embolden the ones who think their yellow vest and HT make them a government official of some sort. But like you said, it should be up to each group to decide. The Amateur's Code says the amateur should be patriotic, making their services available to the country in time of need. You don't have to recite anything to do that. And there's nothing wrong with it if you do!
Our club takes a knee during the national anthem.
I find patriotism interesting. I volunteered, served, and received an honorable discharge. I pay my taxes, vote in elections, fly a flag on a flagpole, and gone to my share of 4th of July parades. I remove my hat at the national anthem and place my hand over my heart during the pledge of allegiance. I grew up with a disabled WW2 vet as a father and lost him to an early death. But I don't see the importance of the pledge at a club meeting or sporting event. I don't wave a flag in the back of my truck and I watch NFL games even when they kneel. Matter of fact I'm fairly suspicious of those who are overt patriots. I treat it much like my faith, I live the life and that's enough.
Haven't gone to a ham club meeting since the early 1960s and don't remember a pledge...but maybe we did, just never paid any attention...so no recall.
However, it sure seems like a nice thing to do today. As a veteran and respectful citizen of this country I can't see why it isn't done. If you object just don't stand up, or don't put your hand over your heart, or just don't say the pledge. Seems simple.
We really need some patriotic demonstrations today, based on the difficulties our Nation now sees and those possible in the future. JMO
I've attended a handful of clubs' meetings around the Washington DC area, and we've not done the pledge. I've got nothing against the pledge, but it it is nice (particularly in the DC area) to just talk radio stuff when at a radio meeting. Brass tacks and all that.