We should not pledge allegiance to anything but the constitution, not a flag or even the nation for which it stands. a flag is one of the graven images in the Ten Commandments.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.
— Exodus 20:4-6 (KJV) Take that Knights of Columbus.
Nation is the root word of nationalism. National is the first word in the name of the Nazi party.
I am not saying the Ninth Circuit is other than anti-constitutional and political and liberal, just that the Supreme Court is the one who got this particular decision wrong, not the Ninth Circuit.