I pledge of allegiance
To the flag
Of the United Christians of America
And to the Theocracy
For which it stands
Under an evil celestial dictator
With Liberty and Justice
for Christians only
I don't like the pledge
The pledge of allegiance with the addition of "under god" is the most completely and obviously un-Constitutional law imaginable--short of the actual adoption of an established religion.
Okay, you do realize that it isn't actually a "law", right? And there is no law that says you have to say any given part or, in fact, any of it, right?
Don't get me wrong. I think it's a perfect example of xians shoving their religion down everyone's throats and, if it actually WHERE a law, I would gladly go to jail rather than say it. But I just wanted to point out that it is not, in fact, an unconstitutional "law".
It was adopted as the official pledge of allegiance by Congress and signed into LAW by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose signing statement indicated that he clearly knew and approved of its intent to adopt a governmental stance on religion.
This LAW can be found in section 1 of title 4 of the U.S. Code. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/4/4.html
A law needn't require everyone to do something to be a law. And, in fact, the Supreme Court recognized in 1943 that it was un-Constitutional to require students to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Furthermore, it is un-Constitutional for our Government to take any action "respecting the establishment of religion"--meaning tending to establish a religion as the official religion of the U.S. That includes an act of Congress that identifies our nation as having an official religious viewpoint. The notion that our nation is "under god" is not only an official religious viewpoint, it can only mean in this context that our nation is subservient to god.
I stand (or actually, I'm sitting right now ;) corrected. My apologies.
However, just to clarify, the code you noted is specific to military personnel, not civilians. To be honest, I don't think it is unconstitutional to require military personnel to pledge allegiance. Plus, the code you mentioned is specific to how military personnel are to say the pledge, which is what military code is all about.
Military personnel shouldn't have to forfeit their freedom of religion in pledging their alleigance to the nation.
Yep - "...one nation, INDIVISIBLE, with liberty and justice for all!"
So here's an unusual angle. I didn't know that the pledge had "Under God" in it. We said it every morning in grade school and it went "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all". I didn't know that the pledge I said every morning was any different until I moved to Alabama..
Of course, they jump at any excuse to say 'God' here. :/
I can't even count how many people I've talked to that insist this country was founded as a xian country, and that all the the founding fathers were xian. When the Treaty of Tripoli is pointed out, they scoff and completely blow it off because it is not part of the actual founding documents. Then they will turn right around and use some passage out of an obscure letter that someone wrote where they mentioned "the creator" as "proof" that they were all xian. They will also chastise me for not knowing anything about the founding fathers until I start quoting page and paragraph from Common Sense. Thomas Paine was very decidedly NOT a xian and had no use whatsoever for the church.
I'm also amazed at how people ignore that the founding fathers (and consequently all the documentation for the founding of our nation) were around LONG before Darwin came up with the Origin of Species. If it had been around before the mid-18th century, almost every founding father would have assuredly understood and accepted the concept without hesitation.
But I digress. My point is that religion as a whole is based on ignorance and misinformation. And, yes, it is very sad.