posted on Jun, 30 2011 @ 04:56 PM
The country is obviously slowly changing, and not all traditions need to be honored for hundreds of years even when they have ceased to make any
sense. To me "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance are just words. They don't offend me, they don't add power to the rest of the pledge,
they're just part of something that was written, believed and practiced long ago by people who were different from us. Nobody is being forced to
believe every single word in the pledge, and I don't believe that reciting the pledge is mandatory (if it ever was). Why not just allow people to
recite it the way they want to, or not at all if they don't want to?
I suppose some could argue that inserting words like "Under God" are damaging in one way or another, but is there anything out there that has not
offended some person somewhere? Many God-fearing folk want to force others to live their way, the Atheists want to force others to live another way,
everybody wants everyone else to live by their rules.
Then there are those who don't ever want to offend anyone, and wish to accommodate those who are most outraged. Will we come to the point where we
will no longer celebrate, speak words or exhibit certain things in public which may offend someone somewhere? By accommodating that individual, you
now have offended the others who are forbidden or reprimanded for carrying out certain traditions or putting up Christmas lights on their own lawns.
Why can't people just mind their own business and let everyone else believe whatever the hell they want to believe, as long as it doesn't harm
anyone or hinder their law-abiding lifestyle? You don't want to say "Under God"? Don't say it. Someday when Atheists are the majority, people will
make changes to the old traditions so that they suit the majority of the population. It just so happens that most people these days do believe in some
form of God, and you're going to have a tough time changing their minds. Someday your time will come, and you'll run things your way. It's not like
our politicians run the country according to the law of "God" anyway.
With all the corruption, stealing, lying, cheating and murder I don't see how God has any influence on the people running our country. Seeing as
Governments have always done whatever the hell they wanted to do (killing, conquering, abusing their power), taking out a couple of little words from
the pledge isn't going to change anything at all. Governments will use whatever weapons they can to steer people toward the cliff, whether that be
religion, science or an orchestrated outside threat.
It's a valid debate (shedding certain traditions that no longer have any use for us), but to be offended over it is a tad over the top.