One Nation “Under God” Being Challenged in Massachusetts Supreme Court

pledgeFor millions of Americans, in fact I’d say the majority, the words “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance are two words that undoubtedly have been apart of the pledge since the founding our nation.

This, of course, is not true.  In fact, it’s one of the biggest myths in this country.  The words “under God” weren’t added until 1954 and the pledge itself wasn’t even written until 1892.  In its original text, the words “under God” appear absolutely nowhere.

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

And the kicker?  The pledge was written by Christian minister Francis Bellamy.  So a minister chose not to include the words “under God” or any reference to religion whatsoever.

Oh, and just for an added “fun fact”—he was also a socialist.

Well, in Massachusetts the constitutionality of the words “under God” are being challenged in the state Supreme Court.

And as a Christian, I fully support this challenge.  Especially when you look at the core of the argument being presented.

The context of their argument isn’t about the “politically correct” basis that the words simply shouldn’t be in there — it’s based upon the notion that the act of having “under God” in our pledge places an emphasis that only believers in God are true patriots and all others are un-patriotic or worse.

And they’re absolutely right.  It’s a jab I’ve made at Republicans for a while now.  They see symbols or words as mechanisms which “prove” they’re more American than someone else.  And I know for a fact many will blatantly judge those who refuse to recite the pledge of allegiance.

For many — especially Republicans — they cite how many American flags they own, “God Bless America” bumper stickers they have and how loudly they recite the Pledge of Allegiance as “proof” of just how much of a “truly patriotic American” they are.

So while there’s no quantitative proof to say that those who refuse to recite the pledge are “less patriotic,” as someone who lives in the very red state of Texas I can tell you without hesitation that if an atheist (or some other non-Christian) were to refuse to recite the pledge in a situation which called for it, they would be judged by many as “less American” and “less patriotic.”

As I’ve stated previously I am a Christian, so I’m not defending the belief that God doesn’t exist because I do believe in God.  I’m simply defending people who might believe differently than I do.  There’s no reason that they should be seen as “less of an American” simply because they wish to remove religion from our Pledge of Allegiance.

Especially when the indisputable facts prove that our pledge, when originally written and for decades following, never contained the words “under God.”  They weren’t added until much later in an apparent symbolic stance against communism.

Which is slightly ironic considering many who blindly support “under God” being in our pledge don’t know the difference between communism or socialism—yet our pledge was written by a socialist.

So in reality when they “turned to the pledge to stand against communism” and added “under God,” what they really did was turn to a pledge written by a socialist to stand up against communism.

But to this day, I’ve yet to hear one argument as to why the words “under God” should remain in our pledge or how in any way they’re Constitutional.

Our First Amendment clearly states the “freedom of religion” (which also means freedom from religion) and the words in our pledge weren’t added until 1954.

It seems pretty clear cut to me that religion belongs nowhere in the context of our pledge.  Then again, I operate on facts, history and reality whereas many Republicans seem to live in some delusional reality where what they want to be true is more important than what is true.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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