Not sure where else to post this, mods, feel free to move it. A kid in my Spanish class, who I get along with as long as we steer clear of political discussion, defends to his death his right to not stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, this isn't intended to be an amendment speculation thread, rather a discussion of courtesy and exercising rights. While I know he has the right to be "civilly disobedient," and remain seated during the Pledge of Allegiance, it strikes me as disrespectful. The First Amendment guarantees me the right of FREEDOM of SPEECH (and I emphasize speech in this example). Therefore, if you were cooking lasagna and it burned, and I came to your house which reeked of burnt Italian food, I have every right to say "Man, your house smells like shit, dude!!" But I wouldn't. Why? Respect. I'll also not point out that your sweater is ugly or your new haircut just isnt you. Again, respect. It's also ironic that this kid and those like him value freedom and liberty above all else. Yet he wont stand in respect for the country that provides him with what he finds beloved. So this raises the question, both for you personally and in general. Do you place respect and courtesy above utilizing your rights, or do you know when to step down from the soapbox, but the Bill of Rights back in your pocket and exercise courtesy? And what do you expect others to do? Personally, I'd stand in respect during France's national anthem, and I detest France quite a bit. It's called respect and courtesy...oh, and I'll also respect anyone and everyone until they give me a reason not to. It saddens me that not a lot of people exercise respect and courtesy anymore.