Rewriting the Pledge of Allegiance

An anonymous atheist couple in Acton, Mass., is suing the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District in a quest to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.  The state Supreme Judicial Court will begin hearing arguments this week, according to the Boston Herald.

The couple’s suit, filed anonymously on behalf of their three children, goes to the SJC tomorrow, with a pair of Washington, D.C., activist organizations 
taking part in the proceedings.

“We feel confident that our arguments are the right ones, and we’re certainly hopeful that they’re persuasive to the justices,” said Eric Rassbach, dep­uty general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is arguing on behalf of the school district.

 “We represent some kids that are actually in the Acton-Boxboro School District that would like to keep saying the pledge.”

Efforts to reach the American Humanist Association, arguing on behalf of the family, were unsuccessful yesterday.  The organization says in court filings that the pledge uses “wording strongly favoring one religious class while disfavoring the plaintiffs’ religious class.”

Middlesex Superior Court Judge S. Jane Hag­gerty rejected the lawsuit last year, ruling that “‘under God’ does not convert the exercise into a prayer,” that the children can choose not to say the pledge, and that the inclusion of “under God” did not violate the children’s rights  [Amen!].

Rassbach said the SJC 
review of the case could take as little as a month or as long as a year.

Congress added “under God” to the pledge in 1954 after a lobbying effort by the Knights of Columbus.

God is certainly an inconvenient entity when you want to set yourself up as ruler of the universe or just want to do whatever you darned well please.  You want to marry your homosexual partner.  But there’s that God guy standing in the way.  You’d like to just walk into a store and walk away with a 50-inch blu-ray television.  However, God is hovering right above the retail outlet, waiting to strike you down with lightning.

You had unprotected sex and now you’re pregnant with a kid.  What a nuisance.  You want to get rid of it as expeditiously as possible.  None of that adoption stuff; you’ve got your career to think of.  Morning sickness and weight gain just aren’t on your agenda.  But there are those holy rollers protesting in front of the abortion clinic calling you a baby killer.  Puh-leeze!  It’s a fetus, not a baby.  It’s a thing, no bigger than your thumb.  What?  You want me to wait until it’s full-term and then get rid of it?

No swearing?  F&*# you!  Observe the Sabbath?  Honor thy father and mother?  What is this, the 1950’s?  Yeah, 1954, that’s when the Knights of Columbus stuck God into the pledge.  Bet you didn’t know that the pledge was invented by a Communist minister named Frank Bellamy in 1892.  It went through a couple of revisions, adding the United States of America and correcting some awkward grammar.  He even added a salute which was dispensed with during World War II when people realized it was just like the Nazi salute.  You’d think if a minister had wanted to add God to a pledge to the American flag, he would have done so.

In 1923, the National Flag Conference called for the words “my Flag” to be changed to “the Flag of the United States,” so that new immigrants would not confuse loyalties between their birth countries and the United States. The words “of America” were added a year later. The United States Congress officially recognized the Pledge for the first time on June 22, 1942.

Louis A. Bowman, an attorney from Illinois, was the first to initiate the addition of “under God” to the Pledge. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him an Award of Merit as the originator of this idea. He spent his adult life in the Chicago area and was Chaplain of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. At a meeting on Feb. 12, 1948, Lincoln’s Birthday, he led the Society in swearing the Pledge with two words added, “under God.”  He stated that the words came from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Though not all manuscript versions of the Gettysburg Address contain the words “under God”, all the reporters’ transcripts of the speech as delivered do, as perhaps Lincoln may have deviated from his prepared text and inserted the phrase when he said, “that the nation shall, under God, have a new birth of freedom.”  Bowman repeated his revised version of the Pledge at other meetings.

In 1951, the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, also began including the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. In New York City, on April 30, 1951, the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend the text of their Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of each of the meetings of the 800 Fourth Degree Assemblies of the Knights of Columbus by addition of the words “under God” after the words “one nation.” Over the next two years, the idea spread throughout Knights of Columbus organizations nationwide. On Aug. 21, 1952, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus at its annual meeting adopted a resolution urging that the change be made universal and copies of this resolution were sent to the President, the Vice President (as Presiding Officer of the Senate) and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The National Fraternal Congress meeting in Boston on Sept.  24, 1952, adopted a similar resolution upon the recommendation of its president, Supreme Knight Luke E. Hart. Several State Fraternal Congresses acted likewise almost immediately thereafter. This campaign led to several official attempts to prompt Congress to adopt the Knights of Columbus’ policy for the entire nation. These attempts were eventually a success.

In 1952, Susan Anald wrote a letter to President Truman suggesting the inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Langmack was a Danish philosopher and educator who came to the United States in 1911.  He was one of the originators of the National Prayer Breakfast and a religious leader in Washington, D.C.   Pres. Truman met with him along with several others to discuss the inclusion of “under God” just before “with liberty and justice.”

At the suggestion of a correspondent, Representative Louis C. Rabaut of Michigan sponsored a resolution to add the words “under God” to the Pledge in 1953.

Prior to February 1954, no endeavor to get the Pledge officially amended succeeded. The final successful push came from George MacPherson Docherty, a Scottish-born American Presbyterian minister. Some American presidents honored Lincoln’s birthday by attending services at the church Lincoln attended, New York Avenue Presbyterian Church by sitting in Lincoln’s pew on the Sunday nearest Feb. 12.  On Feb. 7, 1954, with President Eisenhower sitting in Lincoln’s pew, Docherty, the church’s minister, delivered a sermon based on the Gettysburg Address titled:  “A New Birth of Freedom.”  He argued that the nation’s strength might lay not in arms but its spirit and higher purpose. He noted that the Pledge’s sentiments could be those of any nation, that “there was something missing in the pledge, and that which was missing was the characteristic and definitive factor in the American way of life.”  He cited Lincoln’s words “under God” as defining words that set the United States apart from other nations.

Pres. Eisenhower had been baptized a Presbyterian very recently, just a year before. He responded enthusiastically to Docherty in a conversation following the service.  Eisenhower acted on his suggestion the next day and on Feb. 8, 1954, Rep. Charles Oakman (R.-Mich.), introduced a bill to that effect.  Congress passed the necessary legislation and Eisenhower signed the bill into law on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.  Eisenhower stated, “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty…. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way, we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.”

The phrase “under God” was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending §4 of the Flag Code, enacted in 1942.

On Oct. 6, 1954 the National Executive Committee of the American Legion adopted a resolution, first approved by the Illinois American Legion Convention in August 1954, that formally recognized the Knights of Columbus for having initiated and brought forward the amendment to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Swearing of the Pledge is accompanied by a salute. An early version of the salute, adopted in 1892, was known as the Bellamy salute, which started with the hand outstretched toward the flag, palm down, and ended with the palm up.  Because of the similarity between the Bellamy salute and the Nazi salute, developed later, the Congress instituted the hand-over-the-heart gesture as the salute to be rendered by civilians during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem in the United States, instead of the Bellamy salute (in addition, men and boys removed their hats). Removal of the Bellamy salute occurred on Dec. 22, 1942, when Congress amended the Flag Code language first passed into law on June 22, 1942.

No one is compelled to recite the Pledge at all.  Teachers teach the Pledge as a matter of civic duty.  But students do not actually have to speak the words, or any phrases which conflict with their convictions, such as “under God.”  Still, even though a Progressive authored the Pledge, Progressives are tireless in their efforts to have the phrase removed.  They cite the non-existent Separation of Church and State clause, which is in the Communist Russian constitution but not the U.S. Constitution, in declaring that it is unconstitutional for any public school teacher to teach it.

Sooner or later, enough hare-brained, brainwashed, ignorant Americans will approve it, or the Supreme Court will ignore the will of the American people and remove God from the Pledge just as they swept Him from the schoolroom in 1962.  Towns, fearing an expensive lawsuit, have removed tableaus of his Son’s birth at Christmas time and the singing of Christmas carols during Christmas concerts, which are no longer Christmas concerts but “Holiday” concerts.  Since holiday is a constriction of the phrase, “Holy Day,” they’ll have to find yet another name for those concerts.

The Progressives hope that in removing God from the public square, from any public ceremonies, and any public teaching, that they’ll remove God from people’s hearts.  The faithful will continue to teach their children about God, however.  Prepare for a fearful battle, though.  We’re already seeing what’s happening to Christians in the Middle East.  It can happen here.  You have to know that when a group of schoolchildren are arrested on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for singing “God Bless America” that bad times are coming.

The Progressives can remove God from the school, the public square, and the Pledge of Allegiance.  But they can’t remove Him from people’s hearts.

 

 

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  1. You want to kidnap and rape three girls for decades, but there’s God, sitting idly by for ten years while you rape and rape and rape.
    Now that’s justice!


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