March 2, 2011

The Right Wing Extremist

3 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing that people are considered extremists if they want to say the pledge when once it would have been the other way around. What has happened to this country?

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  2. I do love the Pledge of allegiance, and I feel a lot of emotion saying it. It has an interesting history too. First written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, it went:

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

    In 1942 they changed "my Flag" to say "the Flag of the United States of America" to make sure immigrants would not keep allegiance to the flag of their former country. In 1954 the words "under God" were added in the communist scare using text from the Gettysburg Address.

    As a secular American, I don't feel that I should say "under god," and when reciting the pledge I usually leave that part out. I don't feel that it lessens my allegiance to my country any less, or that omitting those words does not honor the sacrifice of our founding fathers or veterans. I think that I can still proclaim my allegiance to this country without those words. I think the rest of it is fine. So I respectfully remain silent with a hand over my heart when those words are spoken. I don't mean to start a flame war over not saying certain parts, I'm just giving my two cents. You are welcome to say "under god" if you desire, even if some Americans do not believe in the same god as you or do not believe in god at all.

    I don't think that the vast majority of Americans think people are extremists when they recite the pledge. I certainly do not.

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