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Pledge of Alliegiance

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:31 pm
by CausticTears
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

That is what our pledge of America reads today. Originally, though, it was written as: "I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all." (1892) with slight revisions in 1923).

In 1954, the word "under God" was added. Why, though?

In 1953, the Roman Catholic's men's group, the Knights of Columbus mounted a campaign to add the words "under God" to the Pledge. The nation was suffering through the height of the cold war, and the McCarthy communist witch hunt. Partly in reaction to these factors, a reported 15 resolutions were initiated in Congress to change the pledge. They got nowhere until Rev. George Docherty (1911 - 2008) preached a sermon that was attended by President Eisenhower and the national press corps on 1954-FEB-7. His sermon said in part:

[INDENT]"Apart from the mention of the phrase 'the United States of America,' it could be the pledge of any republic. In fact, I could hear little Muscovites repeat a similar pledge to their hammer-and-sickle flag in Moscow."[/INDENT] After the service, President Eisenhower said that he agreed with the sermon. In the following weeks, the news spread, and public opinion grew. Three days later, Senator Homer Ferguson, (R-MI), sponsored a bill to add God to the Pledge. It was approved as a joint resolution 1954-JUN-8. It was signed into law on Flag Day, JUN-14. President Eisenhower said at the time:

[INDENT]"From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty." 4 [/INDENT] With the addition of "under God" to the Pledge, it became both "a patriotic oath and a public prayer...Bellamy's granddaughter said he also would have resented this second change." 3

The change was partly motivated by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes Atheism, and Western capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian.

That was then, this is now. What do you think? Do you think the pledge should be altered NOW? Or just leave the past as the past and leave the pledge alone?

Re: Pledge of Alliegiance

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:44 pm
by four
I do not think we should have this form of indoctrination for our children to be forced to listen to. I consider myself a patriot, but I think people constantly forget the difference between patriotism and nationalism.

Re: Pledge of Alliegiance

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:42 am
by sinical_sycology
I really don't mind the words being there in the first place, while I agree with it being removed I also find no problem if it stays. My bigger question kids still do the pledge of allegiance in school nowadays?

Re: Pledge of Alliegiance

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 1:01 am
by Eoin_The_Irish_Khajiit
I'm not a christian. I do not mind the words. Besides, all religions have a God, It isn't saying under Jesus the one and only god, or Under Allah the prophet of islam or anything. I'll focus my attention on problems that matter.

Re: Pledge of Alliegiance

Posted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:22 am
by emilikee123
I think it is because we allow all religions in the United States and dont all religions have some kind of god? Maybe Under God means something more, like, We dont care what race or religion you are, we are all treated equally. IDK

Re: Pledge of Alliegiance

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:52 pm
by WammyChick
I really don't mind. I believe in God, but I also hate the fact that political groups use this one line to support their own hypocritical bullcrap. They act as if that line was ALWAYS there, but it wasn't. Just like they act as if foreigners are going to swoop in and PERSONALLY steal THEIR jobs, or as if gays do.... Really anything destructive at all.
Sorry for the rant, but I think certain people should go and do a little more research before they go off spouting nonsense.