Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Under God
The pledge of allegiance is a short verse every American knows. Yet, do we really know what it means. I received an email with a 1969 video with Red Skelton. Red tells the meaning of the pledge. Two points of interest arose during my research on this simple verse: 1.) "under God" verbiage added in 1954 and 2.) the supposed disavowment from a Baptist church for Francis Bellamy(1855 - 1931), the original author of the pledge.
I love God and love the addition of the words "under God". That is all the controversy today. The words under God were add in 1954 and rightfully so. It took us from 1892 to 1954 to finally get it right and yet 60 years later we are debating it? Under God doesn't prescribe a certain religion, it simply acknowledges our commitment and loyalty to a power greater than a person, greater than a nation, greater than even a great nation.
"The Pledge clearly acknowledges the fact that our freedoms in this country come from God, not government."
Jay Alan Sekulow
Pledge of Allegiance
Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance
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Addition of "Under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance
"With the addition of "under God" to the Pledge, it became both "a patriotic oath and a public prayer...Bellamy's granddaughter said he also would have resented this second change." 3
The change was partly motivated by a desire to differentiate between communism, which promotes Atheism, and Western capitalistic democracies, which were at least nominally Christian. The phrase "Atheistic Communists" has been repeated so many times that the public has linked Atheism with communism; the two are often considered synonymous. Many consider Atheism as unpatriotic and "un-American" as communism.
Most communists, worldwide, are Atheists. But, in North America, the reverse is not true; most Atheists are non-communists. Although there are probably many Atheist and Humanist legislators at the federal and state levels, few if any are willing to reveal their beliefs, because of the intense prejudice against persons holding these belief systems.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review this change to the Pledge. The Court has commented in passing on the motto saying that:"[o]ur previous opinions have considered in dicta the motto and the pledge [of allegiance], characterizing them as consistent with the proposition that government may not communicate an endorsement of religious belief." [Allegheny, 492 U.S.]"
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 under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
According to the United States Flag Code, the Pledge "should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute". Veterans, whether in uniform or out of uniform, may choose to render a salute or place hand over heart.
You will note that during the recital of the pledge not during the story, Red Skelton appropriately places his right hand with his hat over his heart. I was taught over the heart not "over the left shoulder".
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John Wayne and the Pledge of Allegiance
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There is simply no contest for me, the words "under God" must be included. Whether Bellamy or all of his heirs disagreed with under God has no merit to me. I agree with the court, the "under God" is a recognition of a higher power, not discriminatory, not meant to be offensive or an endorsement of any particular religion. To me the real controversy is the statement made out on YouTube about the original author of the pledge:
In researching the pledge, I came across a video showcasing the person who wrote the pledge. Interesting one of the comments about the writer of the Pledge of Allegiance, a man who is buried in Rome, NY by the name of Bellamy. Here is a YouTube comment worth noting: "This fails to mention that Bellamy was a member of the Socialist movement and was kicked out of the Baptist denomination because of his Commie/Socialist views...kids use to give the "roman Salute" before putting their hands over their hearts." hardmod777 hardmod777's Channel
If you review history, you will note that America literally exiled Charlie Chaplin for his "beliefs". If find it amazing how we can have a free country but we cannot discuss our differences without banishing people. I am as patriotic as the next person and will fight to the death for my country, my God and my freedom. Part of my fight must be to allow these differences in a civil manner. Bellamy was "kicked" out of his Baptist denomination, Jefferson funded several different religious denominations and Charlie Chaplin was exiled. These are important points in our history that we must remember.
Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin
Red Skelton and Charlie Chaplin are comedians who loved freedom. Charlie exercised his free speech in a manner that sadly some American governmental officials felt was not patriotic. Red's rendition is much more elegant. Yet both voices - Red's and Charlie's are voices of America.
John Wayne Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance video by John Wayne is simply remarkable. His voice simply resonates the meaning of the words. Note, John Wayne included "under God". His video showcases the thank you to America. To paraphrase John Wayne: People 200 million strong from all corners of the earth. A land that allows no man to become a tyrant. A land where the right of free speech is jealously guarded.
The history of the original author of the Pledge needs to be remembered and honored. The fact that a church found disfavor with the author of the Pledge of Allegiance man is another reason we must remember our history. What are our foundations? Freedom. The church is welcome to kick out someone. A nation founded upon freedom of speech must guard that freedom and take very special care. A democracy will not work if its people do not work to protect the voices of the people.
Protect our freedoms. We are one nation under God - accepting all men as our brothers. In the words of President Kennedy:
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
John F. Kennedy
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
John F. Kennedy
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