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+ Pledge of Allegiance redux
On Feb. 2, Brian McMillan, had a piece titled “The pledge that almost went wrong.” It is an interesting and humorous piece written around an affair where there was some difficulty in saying the Pledge of Allegiance because it took multiple attempts and some amount of time to find a star-spangled banner.
After the comical introduction of the tangled events leading up to the final pledge, Mr. McMillan proceeds to a bit of philosophy. He states that the pledge is a vow where one promises always to be faithful and to fight for the ideals for which the Republic stands, and he states those ideals are first God, second liberty, and third justice for all.
Mr. McMillan describes the ceremony of the pledge as a community sharing an “intensely private expression of commitment and belief.” Publicly stating the Pledge of Allegiance is hardly a private expression. The pledge should be fully acceptable to each and every citizen.
Nowhere in the Declaration of Independence nor in the Constitution does the word “god” appear. Our Founding Fathers feared most monarchy and religion in government. The senior citizens in our country can remember a Pledge of Allegiance that was repeated each morning before classes began, a pledge which did not contain the word “god.” For citizens who do not profess or wish to confess to a belief in a god, the pledge raises an issue that most avoid by omitting or mumbling past the inserted word.
Anyone who has taken the oath when being inducted into the armed forces knows they vowed to protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. Nowhere in that oath does one vow to project or protect a belief in God.
We were constituted to be a nation free from religious regulation and religious interference in governing. Since the word “god” was inserted into the pledge it is no longer in concert with our Constitution and it has become a discomfort to a sizeable portion of the nation who does not share a belief in gods or demons.
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- "Machine Gun" Joe McCarthy was responsible for adding "under god" to the Pledge.
Considering he was a habitual liar and paranoid psycho, who forced this on us, should be enough to have it deleted from the Pledge.
After all, adding "under god" is both unconstitutional and divisible.
- Some people walk this earth living a very superficial existence. What is being interjected in our mindset by Hollywood and others among us is that they believe is science. How arrogant! What we know as mere humans is miniscule in light of the vast unknown in our universe. I am sorry you find the mere mention of God offensive Mr.Hanzel, but it is the belief in God that wove the fabric of this great nation and made us the place where many want to share in the liberty and freedom to express ourselves that our founding fathers intended.
- The Bible says "a fool says in his heart there is no God"...you Sir are a Fool. You may not choose to profess or confess a belief in God now, but when your eternity begins you'll change your tune. Unfortunately, it will be too late! You have been deceived by the very "demons" that you, again, do not believe exist. The smartest thing that you could do for yourself while you are still breathing is Repent of your unbelief and call out on Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins through His Blood. May your heart be opened to hear these words of warning.
- Religion and Politics should not mix... I agree with this statement.
- Our country was founded by a group of people who had a strong belief in God. They came to this land seeking a place where they could worship God as they chose, not to have the government force a religious belief on them. We are very blessed to have religious freedom. Unfortunately, what I have observed for the last 50 years is that a very small minority of people have taken away my ability to choose how, when and where I or my children might be able to pray. You only have to witness what is happening to the children today, as far as lack of respect for parents, teachers and elders. Taking away discipline and a belief in God leads people to believe that they have no accountability except to themselves. Should God remain in our Pledge of Allegiance, absolutely! And hopefully one day we will once again be the strong, peaceful nation that we were not so long ago. One respected and looked up to by other nations! God Bless.
- Good argument, but be prepared for some opposition.
- How sad!!
- You don't have to be a senior citizen to remember a day when the word god wasn't in the pledge...I am in my early 40's and grew up saying "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice...."
The use of the word "god" in the pledge is terribly unconstitutional but religion has become a litmus test equated with patriotism by the religious right that controls so much of public conversation in these times. To reject "under god" has somehow become equated with rejecting "the ideals that this country was founded on" when in fact the founding fathers feared religion and government being combined. Modern politicians have just co-opted history and rewritten it to suit their own agendas to make it unpatriotic to disagree with them.
- Mr. Hanzel has a different copy of the Declaration Of Independence from mine. The first paragraph of mine includes, "...Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them..." The last paragraph includes, "...with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence..."
The Constitution is a very different document of organization and function - not a statement of beliefs.
Nowhere do our forefathers make it a "law" that a God must be believed, nor are prayers forced upon anyone.
I do not agree with Mr. Hanzel, yet I did spend 20 years in the Army defending his right to believe what he wants to believe...
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