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Let us hope that the decision of the federal appeals court is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Government has no business telling us that we are under any god.
It should be remembered that the original Pledge of Allegiance was written by a Socialist, Francis Bellamy, the first cousin of Edward Bellamy, the author of LOOKING BACKWARD; 2000-1887 which was a popular best-selling utopian socialist novel of the era. It should be noted that the original 1892 text was secular.
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Three decades later the “National Flag Conference, under the ‘leadership of the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, changed the Pledge’s words, ‘my Flag,’ to ‘the Flag of the United States of America.’ Bellamy disliked this change, but his protest was ignored.” (See John W.Baer, A Short History of the Pledge of Allegiance).
It should be noted that it was in 1954 that the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic fraternal organization, that lobbied for the change that inserted “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance. One might infer that the god America is under is a Roman Catholic deity.
When that changed occurred Baer’s history of the Pledge recorded that “Bellamy’s granddaughter said he also would have resented this second change. He had been pressured into leaving his church in 1891 because of his socialist sermons. In his retirement in Florida, he stopped attending church because he disliked the racial bigotry he found there.”
Thus all Americans should be happy that the Pledge of Allegiance has been restored to its pristine secular constitutional hue.
Remembering Atheists who have made the supreme sacrifice for our country too.
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