What's God got to do with it?


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One nation, under Darwin, indivisible; that's got a catchy ring

What if the Congress said, "one nation, under Darwin, indivisible..."? as part of the pledge.

And if Congress has the power to add God to the Pledge, could they alter the liturgy to demand prayers for the Chief Executive - as some denominations do? What if it was the law that the stars and stripes must be flown at every place of religious worship and that all church services must include the pledge and the singing of the national anthem. In some wing nut religious services, that's exactly how it goes down.

I often tell the story that I am old enough - most baby boomers are - to remember when the stuck Under God, in. I was in first grade and "teacher" and to help us remember to add this and the cadence of the pledge to this day goes, "one nation . . . under god . . . with liberty and justice for all." The pause is as out little brains tried to remember to put the change in.

Before the cadence was, "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Personally I dropped the "under god" part long ago. Just as it is not illegal to fly a 48-star flag - which I still do (not that I have anything against Alaska or Hawaii, but it was the cherished flag my parents flew) so to it is not unpatriotic (in my view) to leave god out of the pledge.

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Posted by Matsu on 14 September 2005 - 5:56pm
One nation, under Goddess...

I have a t-shirt that says that. I also have one that says "Goddess bless America" and it is common in the Pagan community to refer to the matron goddess of America as Lady Liberty and represent her as the Statue of Liberty. Now, how would the dominionists like it if we passed a law that their kids had to say that every day? That's exactly the reaction I have to the "under God" phrase. It has no business in the Pledge, especially by Christian standards - idolotry is a big no-no - but they seem to not really believe in those Commandments, they just want to beat people over the head with them.

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Posted by Morgaine Swann on 14 September 2005 - 10:33pm
"under God"

Wasn't the phrase "under God" added to show some spite to the Soviet Union? I'm not old enough to remember, but am wondering why religious leanings are thought to bolster love of one's country. Or is the idea of having control so intoxicating?

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Posted by David (not verified) on 15 September 2005 - 9:50am