posted on Apr, 30 2004 @ 12:44 AM
Here's another one for ya...The regular use of "In God We Trust" on US coins did not begin until 1908, "In God We Trust" was not made an official
motto of the United States until 1956, and the motto did not appear on paper money until 1957.
As for the pledge of allegiance, the original version was,
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
It became, "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." sometime between 1924 & 1954. Then in '54 McCarthyism inspired Congress to pass an amendment adding "under God" to
Notice that in the original version the pledge read my Flag not the flag of the United States of America. We no longer pledge
allegiance to a flag which represents us, as individuals. We now are taught to pledge allegiance to a flag belonging to the United States of America.
The difference may seem insignificant, but when you realize that the United States of America is a corporation now, not a country belonging to it's
people, it makes a world of difference.
While I do think that some people are going too far and are now trying to get rid of any mention of God anywhere; I do not think that the phrase
"under God" belongs on our currency or in our pledge. It was not written that way and there was no reason, other than manipulation of the public,
to change it. There is no reason why people who wish to say it shouldn't say it, but it is wrong to force people to do so who disagree with the
statement. If it were still in it's original form, then they might have an argument, based on preserving its historical context and significance to
America, but its not. They need to return it to its original wording, as the author intended it to be.