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The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an oath of loyalty to the national flag and the republic of the United States of America, originally composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892. The Pledge has been modified four times since then, with the most recent change adding the words "under God" in 1954. Congressional sessions open with the swearing of the Pledge, as do government meetings at local levels, meetings held by the Knights of Columbus, Royal Rangers, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Freemasons, Toastmasters International and their concordant bodies, other organizations, and many sporting events.
Originally posted by eNumbra
reply to post by Mastermook
America, the republic, and all that the flag stands for has been lost to corporatocracy and psuedo-fascism. Training children to mindlessly recite something without showing them the disconnect between the original intent of a bunch of words strung together by a christian socialist, and baptist minister(look it up), and what America has since become is irresponsible.
Besides, pledges and oaths in a "free" country, seems contradictory to me.edit on 1/7/2011 by eNumbra because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Mastermook
Right, so we should not accept what this country was supposed to be about, because the word "God" offends a minority of people. God has been a part of America since it's creation. Secondly, other measures can be taken, other then Banning the pledge of allegiance to your country.
Like I said in the post, if people took more pride in country, maybe, just maybe, things wouldn't be as bad as they are in a "cooperate fascist" America.
It's funny how peoples egos can be so big that, they believe in themselves before anything else, including their country, and their "creator". Because none of us didn't just magically appear out of thin air. One way or another, we were created.
Originally posted by rogerstigers
I am unsure as to why kids should be pledging allegience to ANYTHING. This should be an adult thing. Kids are not generally aware enough about what the words they are saying mean. Most of them do not truely understand what it means to pledge ones allegience to something.
I'd like to move to Australia or maybe somewhere in Europe. Any country that has less religious people is good enough for me.
Originally posted by CREAM
Good. I never said it when I was in school, I would just stand (because you had to). I dont pledge allegiance to this country, in fact I plan on giving up my citizenship here when I am able to afford to gain citizenship to my country of choice (the cayman islands), so why would I pledge my allegiance? We were all born on earth, now reason to pledge your allegiance to a country just because your born there.edit on 7-1-2011 by CREAM because: (no reason given)