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The Pledge of Ignorance

The Pledge of Ignorance

These children had no idea to what they were pledging allegiance. What Five, Ten or Thirteen year old could or would? They’d have to be wise beyond their years and, if that were the case, they’d never pledge allegiance to a flag.

Pledge to know, protect and uphold the Constitution? Perhaps.

Pledging allegiance to a symbol that at any moment and to any person could mean anything. I think not.

This does not take into account the fact that the pledge was authored by a socialist. Nor does it take into account “GoD” being later added in order that children may be coopted forcibly into the Christian religion.

This in a state that is supposedly opposed to socialism and is supposed to be a Nation opposed to religious establishment or preference. The United States Bill of Rights guarantees Freedom of Religion. Even the founding fathers were fans of a multiplicity of religious belief in our nation.

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation…All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens;” wrote George Washington.

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas Jefferson

“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine

[He] sais “neither Pagan nor Mahamedan [Muslim] nor Jew ought to be excluded from the civil rights of the Commonwealth because of his religion.”
 — Thomas Jefferson, quoting John Locke, 1776


“If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Muslims], Jews or Christian of an[y] Sect, or they may be Atheists.” George Washington

The Founders of this Nation were accepting of all peoples. They found no need for a pledge to the flag under which they fought for Independence from Britain.

Yet, somehow, 200 years removed, Americans find themselves in need of a test, a pledge for citizenship.

The founder likewise accepted all persons as newcomers to this nation. Yet, today, we want no part of new peoples who are escaping poverty and destitution, despotism and tyranny. Today’s American is too good for the immigrant, too fearful of the immigrant, too greedy to share of their bounty.

I dare say that both the Founders of this Nation and the GoD whom Christians worship would be ashamed of these Americans.

But, pledge away, simple people. Pledge away. And pray that your GoD is not real. For if this GoD of the Christian Bible is real, surely there is another plague, another great flood, another calamity heading your way.

The pity is that you’ll drag me along with you. Oh, iniquitous, prideful fools.

A New and Improved Pledge

 

A New Pledge of Allegiance for America

A New Pledge of Allegiance for America

 

America The Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!
America!  America!  God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!
America!  America!  May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years
Thine Alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears!
America!  America!  God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

The Pedge of Allegiance and Red Skelton

Red Skelton explains the Pledge of Allegiance and asks the obvious question.

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Red Skelton was right.  There is now a group of self-destructive madmen who are against the Pledge.  I find these folks to be despicable.  Something like 80% of America believes in God or a God.  Most of the 80% identify themselves as Christian.  How can a small group of folks who probably comprise less than 5% of Ameria demand that the majority of Americans respect their petty beliefs when they do not themselves respect any beleif system save their own.  These folks are bigots and bullies in my opinion.  Loud mouthed fools who expect the rest of the country to observe and respect their rights.  Yet, they respect no other.  This is not America.

I am of the opinion that people need to believe in something greater than themselves.  Otherwise, we become individuals bent on self-preservation and/or self-glorification only.  I don’t think that we should become a post-Soviet megalith wherein the State is the God and the means and end all in one.  People need to believe.  There is no purpose to our existence if we do not have something.

I am not a Christian.  That said, I do not begrudge the Christian their beliefs or their majority.  I share some beliefs in common with the Christians.  I simply do not believe that they have all of the answers or in some cases the correct answers.

I feel the same about Islam.

I identify more closely with Buddhism.  Though, I claim neither the right nor the need to call myself a Buddhist.

Why the problem with the pledge or the words “under God.”   Those words affirm ones allegiance to the collective group of individuals who claim to be Americans.  “Under God” merely affirms our belief that we are a special Nation.  I find nothing offensive in that.  How else to explain our rise as a nation and the manner in which millions seek to become members of our nation.

We are a special.  We were formed under the watchful eye of providence.  We will continue to be special so long as we believe ourselves to be such.  We cannot as a nation fall away from the belief that the United States of America is a nation with a destiny.  We must believe.

In light of our election of Barack Obama, this destiny continues.  We have elected a minority to head the most powerful nation on the planet.  This once racist nation has risen above the old pettiness and divisiveness to elect one who belongs to a race which was at one time not allowed to make eye contact with it’s “masters.”  America has thrown off racism with this move.  We still have petty racist in America.  Surely, we do.  But they have lost in their destructive cause.  This election does irreparable harm to them.  And rightly so.  It also proves that America can super her own worst defects and weaknesses as a people and drive to a more perfect union of her citizens.

If we can rise above this, we can rise above all else.  America must believe in herself.

We must believe.

We must.