Let us now examine another quote, taken from
a speech given by the late Justice Anton Scalia.
“We do him [God] honor in our pledge of allegiance, in all our public ceremonies,” Justice Scalia said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. It is in the best of American traditions, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. I think we have to fight that tendency of the secularists to impose it on all of us through the Constitution."
Before I get into the question of the history of the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, I would like to address something else said at the same time.
"WE DO HIM (GOD) HONOR... IN ALL OUR PUBLIC CEREMONIES." This is perhaps the most clear expression of the lack of coherent knowledge about the content of the CONSTITUTION by Justice Scalia or, more likely, that he has abandoned any pretense of being Fair and Unbiased.
How is this possible? Here it is, and I quote: The Senators and Representatives...
and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers... shall be bound by Oath and Affirmation, to support this Constitution;
but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public trust under the United States. (Italics are mine.)
This is taken from Article Six of the U.S. Constitution. We, as Americans, can never require an elected or appointed public official, to relate or explain their private religious beliefs, as a requirement to hold office. This includes PUBLIC CEREMONIES THAT INCLUDE SWEARING THEM INTO OFFICE. IF AN AMERICAN MUST FIRST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY ACCEPT THE EXISTENCE OF A RELIGIOUS ENTITY, AS PART OF AN OATH OF OFFICE, AND BY REFUSING TO EXCLUDES THEM FROM HOLDING OFFICE, YOU HAVE CREATED A TEST OF RELIGIOUS OBEDIENCE.
This is Unconstitutional. It is a first step into creating a THEOCRACY. The only oath required to be taken before one enters office, is the following, also spelled out in Article Six: ...SHALL BE BOUND BY OATH OF AFFIRMATION TO SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION.
This is clear, and leaves no room for interpretation.
End of PT 6.
(First published on 10/25/2014)