In our second installment of our Educational Series, we would like to analyze the Pledge of Allegiance. I want to thank everyone for the kind words and emails about our first educational article on the Declaration of Independence which I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing.
Today, we want to analyze one sentence. Yes, just one sentence (thirty-one words) that has caused so much debate, so much controversy and generates more passion in our country than any other sentence in American History... Lets look at the famous 31 words:
"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"
The Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist Minister, to be published in a children's magazine of the day, The Youths Companion, as part of a National celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America.
The Pledge has gone through a few changes in the 117 years since it was written. Changes from adding the words "the United States of America" and some minor other changes were made. But no change to the pledge has generated as much controversy and debate as when, in 1952, with the support of President Eisenhower, the words "Under God" were added to the historic covenant.
Bellamy envisioned the Pledge being recited while standing at attention facing the flag with men, while not in uniform, remove any headdress and place their right hand over your heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.
Towards the end of 1892, President Benjamin Harrison officially issued a proclamation and, on October 12, 1892, the Pledge was first recited in public schools.
There have been many liberal secularists who have gone to court to have the Pledge removed from public schools or have the words "Under God" removed from the Pledge. However, these attempts have mostly been struck down despite a few activist judges imposing their secular ideology and siding with the liberals or the atheists or whatever kook-fringe group brought about the action to waste tax-payer dollars on the idiocy
Interesting Facts that you may not know about the Pledge
1. The original salute that Bellamy created to be performed while reciting the Pledge was with right hand out-stretched towards the flag. However, in 1942, President Roosevelt changed the salute to the current hand over the heart because the original salute mirrored the Nazi salute too closely...
Ya see, guys - Political correctness even existed in 1942!!!!!!
2. Bellamy wrote many versions of the Pledge but wanted to assure the Pledge be quick and easy to remember in order for it to take hold throughout the country... His rule of thumb was that the Pledge should be able to be recited in 15 seconds or less...
3. One of Bellamy's original draft version of the Pledge, included the words, equality and fraternity, but those words were removed because he felt they were too controversial at the time as many people in the country were still opposed to equal rights for blacks and women.
4. The group principally responsible for raising the question of adding the words "Under God" in the Pledge were the Knights of Columbus of NYC. The Knights had often discussed that the Pledge lacked something and that something was a lack of a reference to a God. They referenced Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address had used the words "Under God" and felt that the Pledge should include the phrase as well..
In its NYC chapter meeting on April 22, 1951, the Board of Directors adopted the resolution that the words "Under God" would be added to the Knights' recitation of the Pledge at all future meetings... There campaign to change the Pledge was instrumental in the change being enacted by President Eisenhower in 1954.
5. The day that President Eisenhower was convinced to amend the Pledge to include "Under God", he was attending a Mass on President Lincoln's birthday (February 7, 1954) and sat in the same pew where Lincoln worshipped. The Reverend conducting the sermon was Reverend George Mason Docherty and his sermon was a compelling case that the Pledge include the reference and it moved Eisenhower to act in Washington to amend the Pledge.
6. Many Pro-life advocates recite the following slightly revised Pledge: "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, born and unborn."
Perhaps Barry would put forth legislation to promote this amendment....
Why the Pledge is a Conservative Covenant
* Just the act of Pledging allegiance to the Flag of the country is embraced by Conservatives and abhorred by liberals. Conservatives always respect authority and appreciate the chain of command, where liberals are always encouraged to question and rebel against authority.
* Obviously the words "Under God" correspond directly with Conservative beliefs that there is a God and that flies in the face of every Atheist liberal secularist who despise any reference to God in any Government or State enterprise...
I just don't know why libs are so afraid of God??? Do they think the government is going to bring them into the town square and demand the recitation of the Pledge and force them to be religious at gunpoint???
I think the libs forget that the Founding Fathers strived to create a Union that promoted the Separation of Church and State , not the elimination of Church from State.... A big Difference, but when you are dealing with Godless, Hollywood Humping Defeatocrats, what more can you expect???
The Pledge has created debate between Conservatives and liberals for decades. From the wording to where its said and on and on... But basically, it has been Conservatives who have been advocates and supporters of the Pledge and liberal secularists who have opposed its recitation, it's words and it's inclusion in schools, government offices, etc....
We started to hear recently that the Muslim community in this country is offended by the pledge when their children in our schools have to recite it. Well, I am sure you know what I will have to say about that... But instead of me ranting on the Muslim community, I read an article a few months back that hit the nail right on the head and I thought I would share it with you here...
Bryan Del Monte from RightCommentary expressed what a lot of us were feeling on this issue in his piece a few months back that simply said:
Put simply - if people are offended by saying the pledge of allegiance to this country - then get out. That’s a red line. If you can’t adopt the practices of being an American - then go elsewhere. Schools have a civic duty to teach children to be good citizens. That means saying the Pledge, honoring your country, teaching them about our Government and its principles. MacArthur simplified it for all of us - DUTY * HONOR * COUNTRY.
If Muslims are offended - I’m sure there is a Islamic country somewhere that will fit your desires, where infidels get their hands chopped off for reading Bibles, Jews are persecuted, and non-believers are discriminated against in every conceivable way. Go to Saudi Arabia - where they will destroy the books of other religions other than Islam right in front of you at the airport. Where you MUST be Muslim to be a citizen. If that’s what you want - it’s out there… and only a plane ride away. Please, immigrate immediately! Let the Pledge not trouble you a minute longer! Let America’s offenses trouble you no longer!
Otherwise, if you’re going to stay here, then join your fellow American citizens and say it, (or not say it - that’s you’re right too), and enjoy religious freedom…"
If that doesn't sum up my thoughts on this issue, I don't know what does... We thank Bryan for his excellent article.
So, there you have it. Our second installment of our Educational Series and we are on our way to show the world that the Country's foundation is built with Conservative Cement....
So lets all Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the Greatest Nation on Earth...