You remember the Pledge, right? We used to say that shit at the start of every school day.
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.
Hmmm… seems like something’s missing, doesn’t it? I remember it being just a smidge longer when we were saying it in the first grade…Oh yeah! One nation under god! That was the version they forced on me as a child and probably you too.
It seems an atheist family in New Jersey, partnered with the American Humanist Association, has filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and its superintendent seeking to have the phrase “under god” removed from the Pledge that students there recite daily.
Naturally, I’m all for this… but I actually think it should go a step further.
The phrase “under god” doesn’t belong in the Pledge of Allegiance and never has. In fact, it wasn’t even a part of the Pledge until about 1954, when it was added primarily due to the Cold War and was a means of differentiating us from the godless Soviets. God is always on America’s side, after all.
Having the Pledge include “under god” most certainly does infringe on the rights of those students who do not believe in or worship god, or those who may believe in a different god. Get it out of there, but really, why are we still reciting the Pledge at all?
Back when I was in school I said the Pledge with all the other kids because, well, that was what you did. And, I’d imagine like all the other kids, I really didn’t give much thought to the words I was repeating every day. Does the average eight year old really know what allegiance means? Or, for that matter, what a pledge actually is? And does a pledge really mean anything if it isn’t coming from the heart but is just repeated along with thirty or so other mindless automatons who are just regurgitating the words they’ve been told to say since they started going to school?
So, not only should the Pledge of Allegiance be restored to its original text, I believe it should be retired completely. Just sayin’. Now let’s get god off the fuckin’ money already, huh?