As has been exposed, leaders of the WT corporation signed "Oaths of Allegiance" in order to secure a US passport for international travel.
Another thread has a link to photocopies of these passports: http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/watchtower/scandals/198658/1/Lemon-Pledge if you haven't seen them. Marvin Shilmer also has a blog on this same subject.
The purpose of this thread is to explore the question: Is signing the Oath of Allegiance the same as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance?
On the surface it seems pretty damning. But is signing a one time oath the same as reciting the pledge? It's stated that reciting the pledge is an act of worship. Is signing the oath an act of worship? On the other hand, JWs are to remain neutral in the world. Reciting the pledge is taking sides with a national emblem and government. Signing the oath is siding with a national government and taking the oath to defend it's constitution against enemies, so help you God.
I'd like to hear objective arguments both for and against this seemingly hypocritical action of the WT leaders. Apologists are welcome to defend the actions of their leaders as are those who will definitely deride and criticize the leadership.
I'm just the moderator of this debate. I have my personal opinion of which I will keep to myself for the time being.
Let's keep it civil...Marquess of Queensbury rules apply...