I caught this on NPR today.
Not only did I learn a new term, "Hapax Legomenon" (which means a word or phrase used only once in a written record or language) but about how the pledge of allegiance was meant as, according to the 9th circuit court of appeals, a
"Proud recitation of the ideals on which our country was founded"
But as Geoff Nunberg points out, "What makes the pledge important isn't the meaning of the words, it is the way we have managed to keep them from meaning much of anything at all." Even though the phrase, "Under God" was not originally put into the pledge until the 1950's as a way to combat "Russian atheistic communism". So as the court of appeals states, this is what our country was founded on, are we then kicked to the curb by Americans again? And what is the purpose of the pledge of allegiance if the words are meaningless and are filled with Hapaxes?
Please think atheist, and comment!