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Do you know why "Under God" was put in the Pledge of Allegiance?

Posted by on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Section 4 of the Flag Code states:

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.", should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute."

The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words "to the flag," the arm was extended toward the flag.

At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all." At the words, "to my Flag," the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.

The Youth's Companion, 1892

Shortly thereafter, the pledge was begun with the right hand over the heart, and after reciting "to the Flag," the arm was extended toward the Flag, palm-down.

In World War II, the salute too much resembled the Nazi salute, so it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout.

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.Kate.
by on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Very interesting!
Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Yep, it was a political ploy against the Red scare of the '50s.  

Quoting .Kate.: Very interesting!


Abaco
by Gold Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )
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Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.

Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )


numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jun. 14, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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 How is it unconstitutional?

I don't like the Bellemy one and refuse to deal with a socialist.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.

Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )

 

 

Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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That whole first amendment about the government not being allowed to establish an official religion.

Religion has no room in politics and vice versa.  

If you want to say the new version then go ahead.  No one is stopping you.  But when people decide to exclude Under God no one should complain about it.  

(BTW, regardless of how you recite the pledge, the original and foundation was still written by a socialist, why that is a bad thing I am trying to figure out).

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 How is it unconstitutional?

I don't like the Bellemy one and refuse to deal with a socialist.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.

Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )




numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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 Again no one forced anyone to say it.

WEll if you want government to control  great. I choose to not be controlled by the government.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

That whole first amendment about the government not being allowed to establish an official religion.

Religion has no room in politics and vice versa.  

If you want to say the new version then go ahead.  No one is stopping you.  But when people decide to exclude Under God no one should complain about it.  

(BTW, regardless of how you recite the pledge, the original and foundation was still written by a socialist, why that is a bad thing I am trying to figure out).

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 How is it unconstitutional?

I don't like the Bellemy one and refuse to deal with a socialist.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.

Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )

 

 

 

 

Peanutx3
by Silver Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM
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The very nature of government is control. Government makes rules for its people to live by therefore controlling its people.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Again no one forced anyone to say it.


WEll if you want government to control  great. I choose to not be controlled by the government.


Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

That whole first amendment about the government not being allowed to establish an official religion.


Religion has no room in politics and vice versa.  


If you want to say the new version then go ahead.  No one is stopping you.  But when people decide to exclude Under God no one should complain about it.  


(BTW, regardless of how you recite the pledge, the original and foundation was still written by a socialist, why that is a bad thing I am trying to figure out).


Quoting numbr1wmn:

 How is it unconstitutional?


I don't like the Bellemy one and refuse to deal with a socialist.


Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.


Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )

 


 


 


 

Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM
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Interesting.  I am not talking about government control, that is more communism.  There are many socialist practices taking place in the US today that many don't have an issue with.

To list a few...

the military 

Police force and other emergency responders such as fire rescue and ambulances

public highways

public libraries

the postal system

public landfills


Socialism isn't a bad word.  It is amazing to me that people think it is all becasue the mainstream media has made it that way.  Socialism when combined with a solid capitalistic republic democracy structure works very well.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Again no one forced anyone to say it.

WEll if you want government to control  great. I choose to not be controlled by the government.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

That whole first amendment about the government not being allowed to establish an official religion.

Religion has no room in politics and vice versa.  

If you want to say the new version then go ahead.  No one is stopping you.  But when people decide to exclude Under God no one should complain about it.  

(BTW, regardless of how you recite the pledge, the original and foundation was still written by a socialist, why that is a bad thing I am trying to figure out).

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 How is it unconstitutional?

I don't like the Bellemy one and refuse to deal with a socialist.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.

Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )






numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jun. 14, 2014 at 1:18 PM
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http://www.culture-war.info/Socialism.html

Yep socialism is BAD!!!

http://rexcurry.net/socialism.html

 

Course it's funny how you love socialism but you are opposed to the pledge.

 

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

Interesting.  I am not talking about government control, that is more communism.  There are many socialist practices taking place in the US today that many don't have an issue with.

To list a few...

the military 

Police force and other emergency responders such as fire rescue and ambulances

public highways

public libraries

the postal system

public landfills

 

Socialism isn't a bad word.  It is amazing to me that people think it is all becasue the mainstream media has made it that way.  Socialism when combined with a solid capitalistic republic democracy structure works very well.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Again no one forced anyone to say it.

WEll if you want government to control  great. I choose to not be controlled by the government.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

That whole first amendment about the government not being allowed to establish an official religion.

Religion has no room in politics and vice versa.  

If you want to say the new version then go ahead.  No one is stopping you.  But when people decide to exclude Under God no one should complain about it.  

(BTW, regardless of how you recite the pledge, the original and foundation was still written by a socialist, why that is a bad thing I am trying to figure out).

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 How is it unconstitutional?

I don't like the Bellemy one and refuse to deal with a socialist.

Quoting Bird_on_a_wire:

It is not improved.  It's unconstitutional.

Quoting Abaco: I like the New and Improved since 1954 : )

 

 

 

 

 

 

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