Student pledging to the flag, 1899.

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Once again the courts have made it clear that patriotism is conditional.  That the term, “under god”, added at the height of the McCarthy era, has been deemed acceptable to the pledge. 

The court held that the Pledge does not violate the Establishment Clause because "Congress’ ostensible and predominant purpose [is] to inspire patriotism and that the context of the Pledge–its wording as a whole, the preamble to the statute, and this nation’s history–demonstrate that it is a predominantly patriotic exercise. For these reasons, the phrase ‘one Nation under God’ does not turn this patriotic exercise into a religious activity." Thus, a California statute permitting teachers to lead students in recitation of the Pledge does not violate the Establishment Clause.

Ostensible and predominant purpose is to inspire patriotism?  Then why was it put into the pledge in the first place?  Would it not still inspire patriotism without the “under god” as it had from 1892-1954?  Better yet, the removal would better serve the purpose of uniting Americans because it doesn’t alienate poly-theists and non-theists.  This clearly is another example of the “new interpretation” of the constitution, protecting the special interests of the majority over the rights of the minority.  The real crazy irony in all of this is that the Pledge of Allegiance was written by a man, Francis Bellamy (apparently Francis is an uber-patriotic name), who was a Baptist minister!  And oh yeah, he was a SOCIALIST!  How’d this fervently anti-socialist nation let that one slip through?  So if Bellamy found it unnecessary to promote God in the pledge, why is it so important now?  Why in order to pledge our loyalty must it be conditioned on putting God at the top of that pyramid?  Remember it’s UNDER God NOT beside or with. 

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