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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Pledge of Allegiance: A Little of the History

Since we were small, we stood up faced the flag and pledged our allegiance to our country. We consider that this exercise of pride and commitment as a patriotic affirmation for the country in which we reside. Originally the Pledge was written by Francis Bellamy, Baptist Minister in 1892. Over the years, it has seen some modifications to what we have today.

We are with the vast majority of Americans and agree with the recent Virginia Court decision in allowing the Pledge to remain in our Virginia Schools.

From Wiki:

The phrase "Under God" was first added in June 1954 when then U.S. President Eisenhower signed a bill into law that placed the words "under God" into the pledge. At the time, Eisenhower stated that:

"From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our Nation and our people to the Almighty."

At the time the cold war was raging, and Eisenhower wanted to set us apart from the then atheist U.S.S.R. government. Objections to the Pledge of Allegiance have both been lodged by religious groups and non-religious groups before and after the phrase "Under God" was included.

We fully support the Pledge of Allegiance as it is written and used today, as a way to inspire us to be patriotic and love our country.

1 Comments:

At 1:27 AM, Anonymous iwwobbly said...

A little trivia:Francis Bellamy,the author of the pledge,in addition to being a minister,was also a socialist.

 

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