The Real Pledge of Allegiance
The Real Pledge of Allegiance
The pledge of allegiance was not written by our forefathers. Our Constitution was. It was written in 1892. Today most people who attended grade school in the 60's 70's, and 1980's only know the "changed version"
During the rally against the Safe Act law at the New York State Capitol Building many people chanted the later version, the one our forefathers would have been appalled by. Hundreds gathered to protest this new piece of legislation without knowing a single thing about the real pledge, or about the Monsanto Corp, the outsourcing of jobs, using our water for fracking, or what really happened on Wall Street. I wanted to address the misinformed speakers at the gun rally and fill them in on a whole lot of political issues. I wanted to scream our forefathers did not write the Pledge of Allegiance. It was written many years later and it did not by any means include the words, "under God."
Oblivious to what is going on in the world today these folks stood there chanting the 50's version of the pledge. I stood and watched as each speech rang out loud from the mic. It seemed that no one there even knew what the pledge was and yet repeatedly shouting the fore fathers wrote the pledge. This all took place at the at the Capitol Building in downtown Albany, N.Y.
The speakers were way off base. Many were very misinformed. These folks were quoting wrong information about the Bible and wrong information about the Constitution. They also claimed that New York State took their guns away from them. That is totally inaccurate. The safe act limits how many bullets a person can carry on them. No one had their guns taken out of their homes. Now, about the U.S. Constitution. Someone please tell these people our forefathers wanted separation of CHURCH and STATE. They did not want any church dominating American policies. Also the Bible does not teach that Jesus was for weaponry. Jesus taught non violence and if someone strikes you turn your cheek and if they hit you again turn you cheek again. Case closed on that.
The Pledge of Allegiance was not written by our forefathers. Many gun advocates claim that. I have heard many Conservatives use the pledge as well as a hammer tool against other citizen' s. If they are going to use it they need to learn the history of the pledge. The pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy and did not include the words "under God". The words "Under God" were added in 1954 by an act of Congress under the Eisenhower Administration. The original pledge had 23 words. They were:
I pledge allegiance to my flag
and to the Republic
For which it stands
One nation indivisible
with Liberty and Justice for all.
By Francis Bellamy 1892
Article by Joanne Kathleen Farrell
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