WHAT DOES THE U.S. CONSTITUTION ACTUALLY SAY ABOUT RELIGION? PT 3.
In continuation of this article, I would like to address another Church\State issue that is often used as political rhetoric to smear opponents.
The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE- An expression of loyalty to the Republic and the Flag used to start many public and private meetings in the U.S. It is most often referred to in the tradition of being recited by school children to start each day.
The Pledge was written in 1892 by FRANCIS BELLAMY, a Baptist Minister. The following is the original text published by Bellamy;
" I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands,
one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
As you can see, contrary to those who don't bother to check basic U.S. History, there is no reference to religion or faith within the wording. It is an oath that binds the individual to the responsibility of being a citizen. This includes recognizing the Flag as the symbol that represents the physical embodiment of the meaning contained within the Pledge.
Yes, I know the current version includes the words "...under God...". However, this version was adopted in 1954 and was the last of four changes that were made in the text since its' inception.
This change insults all Americans, for it implies that one is not truly loyal to the United States, until they repeat an oath that is purely religious in nature. This flies in the face of the intent contained within the wording of the Constitution. It is simply a way to circumvent religious freedom that is guaranteed to all citizens.