Friday, September 6, 2013

I pledge allegiance...

The Pledge of Allegiance... When I was in school, we recited it every single morning. It became so automatic that we could all repeat it without a thought. But the 'Pledge' that I grew up with is about to be challenged in Massachusetts. And it's about time!

A suit has been filed to remove the words 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance. The Massachusetts Supreme Court will be seeing the case, but a result may not be known for six months. I can't help but wonder why it would take that long.

The inclusion of 'under God' is a clear violation of the first amendment to the Constitution. Yet it's still in the 'Pledge'. The strange thing is that whenever this topic comes up, Christians will get horribly offended about suggestions that 'under God' be removed from the 'Pledge'. Well, what if it said 'Under Allah' instead on 'under God'? Or 'under Thor'... 'under Krishna'... or 'under Poseidan'. Change one word, and the Christians would be up in arms. So how can they act surprised and angered when the same standards are placed on them and their beliefs?

Sometimes they claim that we're trying to defy the founder's wishes. They act as if George Washington wrote the 'Pledge' as it is back at the time of the American Revolution. But that's not the case. Actually, 'under God' wasn't added to the 'Pledge' until 1954. Hardly the time of President Washington. The alteration of the Pledge of Allegiance was a paranoid reaction to the 'Red threat' of communism. So what was the pre-1954 'Pledge' like?
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."

Or what about how the original 1892 'Pledge' was...
 "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
 So sorry, but the 'Pledge' was never a vehicle for God until 1954. But some will still claim that the USA is a nation founded on Christianity. But President John Adams made it clear otherwise...
"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."
 Okay... The second president of the United States saying clearly that the USA was not founded on Christianity sounds pretty cut and dry to me.

So hopefully the correct verdict will be reached and the Massachusetts  Supreme Court will rule against the inclusion of 'under God', and it will start a trend of being challenged in other states as well.

 -Brain Hulk

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