reply to post by beforetime
It doesn't matter what is in the Pledge of Allegiance. It is not legally binding in any way, nor does it dictate US policy in any way, shape, or
From The Pledge of Allegiance, A Short History
, by Dr. John W. Baer, and I quote:
His original Pledge read as follows: 'I pledge allegiance to my Flag and (to*) the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with
liberty and justice for all.' He considered placing the word, 'equality,' in his Pledge, but knew that the state superintendents of education on
his committee were against equality for women and African Americans. [ * 'to' added in October, 1892.]
The bit about Under God wasn't even brought up until 1951, when the Knights of Columbus
felt the pledge needed a reference to a deity in it.
It wasn't until 3 years later, in June of 1954
that it was added by Eisenhower.
Not that it really matters anyhow, for even if the pledge held any sway concerning whether a person had to be christian to be president, it wouldn't
matter, as the Constitution clearly outlines the guidelines for president. Until such time it is amended to include different standards, that is all
that required. From Article 2, Section 5:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be eligible
to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been
fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
In the 200+ years that we've had the Constitution, we've had but 1 amendment concerning requirements for the presidency, and that is
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or
acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President
more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and
shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes
operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of
three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.
As you might have noticed, no where in anything I quoted mentioned that a person running for president has to be a Christian, or even believe in a
deity. That means they can be Christian, Bhuddist, Muslim, Atheist, Pagan, Wiccan, Satanist, or belong to any of the several dozen other religions out
So please, stop with this nonsense of whether his being a muslim or not matters. From a legal standpoint, it doesn't.