Saturday, July 10, 2004

"Under God," Redux

In my last entry I asserted that "Under God" was tacked onto the Pledge in the 1950s. Perhaps a little "Pledge history" is in order. The Pledge of Allegiance, interestingly enough, was penned in 1892 by a prominent Baptist Minister and Christian Socialist, Francis Bellamy. It wasn't until 1954 that the phrase "Under God" was added to the original Pledge. Cold warrior politicians felt that affirming a belief in God would distinguish us from the communists. Thus, for the majority of its history, our Pledge has not contained the phrase "Under God."

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