Just a note... think about what you say and if you think it MAY be offensive, then it probably will be... use some good judgment. This isn't directed at the poster or the previous postee... this type of thread could generate some heated discussion and I'd like to see it not get out of hand.
Not trying to flame anyone or anything - but just a thought - since the original did not include "those two words"!
As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers
explained the words and meaning of the
Pledge of Allegiance to his class.
Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded,
his recollection of this lecture.
It is followed by an observation of his own.
I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance - - My love and my devotion.
To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.
United - - That means that we have all come together.
States of America- - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.
And to the Republic - - a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation - meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All - which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you
recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Since I was a small boy, two states have
been added to our country,
and two words have been added to the Pledge of
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer,
and that would be eliminated from schools, too?
I am proud to be an American, and as a retired member of the USAF - I can live with either - my goal - just make sure everyone knows the Pledge - with or without those two words - to me don't matter!
yeah, it was President Dwight Eisenhower who added those famous words: "under God" in 1954 saying he hoped it would "strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war".
the only thing that offends me is the statement "for people who care"
that's begging the question, isn't it?...here's what I mean...I'm a patriot of the highest order...I believe in the things that this country was founded on, and I believe the fathers of this country had an enlightenment that can only come from the (in my opinion) heavens...
Some of the things our fathers put on parchment, they had no idea would be as important as the future came to prove.
The separation of church and state is one of these things...
let me tell you something...when religion has a place in political policy, you get the taliban...you get absolute power over those that are patriots, and those that also love their lord.
As we all know, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
when our forefathers put pen to parchment, they wrote the wise words, these words are exactly what make this a god fearing country, and be assured, these words are the words that help to make this nation as powerfully patriotic as it is...because all walks of life are represented, not a select few...our forefathers wrote "religion has no place in these, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
our pledge of allegiance was around long before the words "under god" was inserted...and not by the original author, I might add...and AGAIN, only 45 years ago.
The courts decision is correct...why would anyone want to alienate those patriots that do not believe in god?
This country loves all of the patriots that subscribe to this nation.
It's a mistake to force as public policy anything that has to do god, or religion...those of us that believe on the holiest, believe that he doesn't want his will forced on anyone...he wants a persons choice to be a choice
I agree Catch...I'm Christian and believe heavily in our God, but I'll be damned (no pun intended ) if my beliefs which are to cherish all life and yadee yadee yah are used to surpress others who believe differently than I do by making them recite words counter to their beliefs. I wonder, how would those who are christian react if it were the words, under Allah, or something similar in debate at this time? hmmm
Anyway, my two cents worth...thanks again Catch, Perris.
FIRST AND FOREMOST:
I would just like to clarify a few things that have been said in this thread, as to prevent anyone from getting false information:
To start off with, the pledge we say now is different from the original (not just the God part).
It was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (A Baptist Minister) as an international peace pledge. Bellamy hoped that all the republics, on their peace day, would recite it as a pledge to their flag.
The pledge as originally wirtten:
I Pledge Allegiance,
To my flag.
And to the republic,
For which it stands,
With liberty and justice for all.
Between 1923 and 1924, The American Legion and the Daughters of America wanted to make it mandatory in schools, and thought that it was too general, so they changed "to my flag" to "to the flag, of the United States of America".
In 1942 Congress passed a law making the Pledge of Allegiance part of the official flag-raising ritual.
They also changed the original salute from a military salute to the salute we use now, the right hand over the heart
The phrase "under God" was added in 1954 by Congress (not just Eisenhower) in response to a two-year campaign led by the Knights of Columbus.
Now, as to my two cents: I believe that the court was wrong to rule that the pledge should be banned from public schools just because of the phrase "under God" the pledge should be mandatory in schools, but the "under God" phrase should be removed. It is not necessary, and it certainly does offend some people who are not christian. It was added, and it can be removed. It may have been a right thing to add in 1954, but with so many different beliefs in this country now, I feel it is no longer valid.
To sum it up simply: