Here’s a tutorial on everything you need to know on and about the Pledge of Allegiance. Wow your friends. Amaze your colleagues.
Recognize this? It’s the Bellamy Salute. The Pledge’s author, Christian socialist preacher, Francis Bellamy came up with it. Look familiar? It sure does. FDR thought so and tossed it in 1942. We’ve a fetish with and for the Pledge. And we go absolutely nuts over any discussion of the “under God” portion added in 1954 in a not-so-subtle message to those Russkie atheist heathen bastards that we’re different. Read the 2002 Newdow case and how the Ninth Circuit brilliantly parsed the 1954 Flag Act. Pub.L. 83-396, Chap. 297, 68 Stat. 249, H.J.Res. 243, enacted June 14, 1954.
Oh, come on! It’s just a Pledge, no big deal right? Not that anyone cares, but only someone comatose can’t or won’t recognize that what we’re saying is that this is a God-fearing, theocratic society. And if you’re not a part of the team, you’re un-American. Mr. Justice Kennedy begs to differ.
[B]y statute, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag describes the United States as ‘one nation under God.’ To be sure, no one is obligated to recite this phrase, . . . but it borders on sophistry to suggest that the reasonable atheist would not feel less than a full member of the political community every time his fellow Americans recited, as part of their expression of patriotism and love for country, a phrase he believed to be false. — Allegheny, 492 U.S. at 672 (Kennedy, J, dissenting).
The legislative history of the 1954 Flag Act makes it pretty clear what the folks had in mind when they added “under Goad” to the Pledge. And this above all shows how un-Constitutional the “under God” insertion is a blatant violation of the Establishment Clause of the mighty First.
At this moment of our history the principles underlying our American Government and the American way of life are under attack by a system whose philosophy is at direct odds with our own. Our American Government is founded on the concept of the individuality and the dignity of the human being. Underlying this concept is the belief that the human person is important because he was created by God and endowed by Him with certain inalienable rights which no civil authority may usurp. The inclusion of God in our pledge therefore would further acknowledge the dependence of our people and our Government upon the moral directions of the Creator. At the same time it would serve to deny the atheistic and materialistic concepts of communism with its attendant subservience of the individual. — H.R. Rep. No. 83-1693, at 1-2 (1954), reprinted in 1954 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2339, 2340.
Still think this is a Christian-based country? Lest we forget, there’s the Treaty of Tripoli (Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States of America and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary).
Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.