The "under God" and the "under": which does what kind of harm?

Do you want to play a switch in a relationship, or do you want to play the submissive in a dominant/submissive relationship?

Look carefully at the words "under God".

I dislike the "God" part; I believe the "under" part is psychological poison.

While wars result from failures by diplomats, they are an acid test of a society. During both world wars in the last century, German soldiers' belt buckles carried the words "Gott mit uns" (God is with us).

Without the "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, America won those wars. With those words, added in 1954, America regularly loses wars.

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Leaving war aside, SCOTUS in its 1940 Gobitis vs. Minersville decision held that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each day brings school children into the political culture.

What does recital by adults do?

I believe the Pledge conditions adults' minds to cruelties like those done long ago in the Stanley Milgram experiments at Yale University. In those experiments, normal adults obeyed authority figures even they they believed they were inflicting serious pain.

The "under" in the Pledge conditions adults' minds to playing the submissive role, the same role that fundamentalist xians play all their lives.

What say you?

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