posted on May, 3 2004 @ 08:46 AM
I think some people, who think it shouldn't matter whether or not the Pledge includes the phrase "under God", do not realize what it means to make
A pledge is an oath or a vow. When someone makes a pledge, they are making "a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one's words".
In pledging their allegiance they are, in essence, promising their loyalty to someone/something, and they are declaring that their pledge is 100%
true. If "under God" is included in that pledge, then those saying it are declaring their belief in a nation under God. Consequently, those who
don't believe in God, or a nation under God, were and are required to lie whenever they make that pledge.
The original version of the Pledge of Allegiance 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
There is another aspect of the Pledge, which few are familiar with. 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 belongs to 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 legitimate need to change it.
There is no reason why people who wish to say it shouldn't say it, but it is wrong to expect people to do so who disagree with the statement. If it
were included in the Pledge's original form, then they might have an argument, based on preserving its historical context and significance to
America, but it's not. They need to return it to its original wording, as the author intended it to be.