Today, I was "this guy"
No, I am no August Landmesser. I did follow my conscience, though.
It may not have been exactly a Nazi rally, and I probably wasn't in any real danger, but if you won't stand up (or remain seated) for what's right when it is easy, how do you expect to stand up for what's right when it is hard?
You have read of my difficulties since my daughter chose to enroll in the government school. Today her kindergarten class had a Christmas concert (complete with State-sponsored Christianity). I was shocked, although I probably shouldn't have been, when they began the program with a Nazi ritual: the Pledge of Allegiance.
I did not stand or chant with the crowd, and may have been the only to not do so. I try very hard to avoid places and situations where this ritual will be followed- sometimes despite my best efforts I find myself in the middle of it. I have not participated in years.
Yes, I felt self-conscious, but that's better than feeling like a Nazi. I was also a little afraid of some "good ol' boy" wanting to make an example of me. I'm glad nothing happened.