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The Real Pledge of Allegiance

Updated on May 9, 2014

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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    • janeenjesse@yahoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanne Kathleen Farrell 

      4 years ago from Rensselaer NY

      I have to actually laugh at some of these comments. There is nothing to disagree with. The pledge was NOT written by our forefathers. It was written in 1892 and did not include the words under God. Case closed. Facts are facts. Sorry.

    • janeenjesse@yahoo profile imageAUTHOR

      Joanne Kathleen Farrell 

      5 years ago from Rensselaer NY

      I think the three of you need to get an American History book and read it. Your beliefs are not all true facts.

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      Michael Collins aka Lakemoron 

      5 years ago from The Village of Lakemore, Summit County, Ohio

      So NY is going to call semi-auto handguns Assault Weapons?

      On the site for this I noticed one gun that will be banned that is used in competitions (although the competition I am thinking of uses a full auto version of the gun).

      http://www.governor.ny.gov/nysafeact/gun-owners

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      retief2000 

      5 years ago

      So 60 years isn't long enough for something to gain a general acceptance. If "under God" was such an anathema it could easily have been removed by subsequent Congresses. Seems that the real pledge is the one regularly recited with the approval, tacit or otherwise, of the overall culture. Not much head way made in removing "under God" from the pledge.

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      retief2000 

      5 years ago

      Luke 22:36

      "He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very true and the separation does not mean replacing Christianity which this country was built on to be replaced with another religion either; one of this administrations choosing.

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