Thursday, September 15, 2005
And about that Pledge of Allegiance
|Yes the words "under God" were inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Why? Well there was that whole issue of Communists who were godless. This was an effort to force them to either reveal themselves (Holy Cow!!!) or bow to the will of the McCarthy-ites. So I would note here that it was put there to exclude certain individuals.|
Lets take 10 giant steps back and look at what the Pledge of Allegiance is - it is a pledge of fealty to one's country. That's it. I think its an excellent idea. One should acknowledge their allegiance to a country that is free, that is a democracy, and one of the most wonderful places to live in the world. My allegiance to my country has nothing to do with any deity. I would also like to note that no deity makes my country "legitimate". There is no God given king or queen sitting on a throne governing the United States. Our country is not under God, we are individuals under God.
The point is that "under God" was not needed when the Pledge of Allegiance was written. It was added to EXCLUDE certain individuals or to force them into a religious affirmation that that they do not hold. And it is still not needed.