Just so we’re clear on this…

Just so we’re perfectly clear: The “under God” part of the Pledge of Allegiance is not a part of the original text. The original Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. The original text read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The phrase “under God” was added in 1954 after lobbying from religious groups, and was justified and rationalized as a way to differentiate us from the “godless Communists” during the McCarthy Inquisitions era.

Not all Americans citizens feel that they should be “under God”. However, this wording speaks otherwise. This current version of the Pledge is unfair to any American citizen that is a member of a polytheistic religion such as Hinduism or Shinto, is a monotheist that does not refer to their deity by the name ‘God’ such as the Muslim reference to Allah, or is of a non-theist persuasion such as Atheism, Agnosticism, or Humanism. The current wording of the Pledge contradicts it’s message of unity by excluding these groups, and serves to divide us rather than to provide a vehicle of common bond for all Americans regardless of belief.

The Supreme Court will decide on this issue in the next day or so. It appears likely that given the current state of religious fervor and demagoguery present in today’s American politics and the pressure that it is exerting on the Supreme Court that this issue will be ruled in favor of keeping the “under God’ phrase intact. We shall see…