Interesting history here about the changes to the US Pledge of Allegiance over the years.
American Christians frequently protest about removing the phrase “Under God” from the pledge, and a variety of groups field objections (on various grounds) to students not being required to say the pledge at all. While symbolically pledging oneself to the country is certainly a show of loyalty, the addition (or removal) of this phrase is most certainly NOT one originating with the Founding Fathers’ beliefs or guidance for this country.
- The added words were the response to cold-war politics in the 1950’s. President Eisenhower’s suggestion can easily be read as an attempt to unify the US against the (implied) godless communist/socialist Soviet Union, much like the rhetoric of the European crusades.
- The United States was formed on the principle of religious freedom, not religious unification. Of particular note is that the Declaration of Independence does not use Judeo-Christian phrasing. The Constitution mentions neither a god nor a creator.
Flag image originally from Brandon Paxton’s post on Facebook.