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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Barack Obama Fails to Understand the First Amendment

In a recent speech Obama said:

"Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters...It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase 'under God,'" he said. "Having voluntary student prayer groups using school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the High School Republicans should threaten Democrats."

...Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square."

Actually, the kids not paying any attention to the words of the pledge, but just reciting it blindly aren't going to care. But kids who question the existance of God, and who do recite the pledge with understanding and meaning are going to feel put into a pickle.

Faith in God should not be a requirement to pledge allegiance to the flag - and to the republic for which it stands. Atheists and Agnostics as well as believers are Americans.


eric zaetsch said...

My recollection was that the pledge was changed somewhere within the last fifty years. I do not know if it was the "under God" being slipped in, or something else, the "indivisible" perhaps. I can remember my one year in New Orleans schools, 1954, the year of Brown; when at Robert E. Lee grade school [the white school in my neighborhood, I don't know who the black school was named for]. We would all gather in the assembly room each morning and pledge to the US flag, there on display right next to the portrait of General Lee, dressed in his military gray. It seemed strange then, and stranger now.

Isn't the whole point of the pledge a post-Civil War requirement to retake a voting civilian status by pledging to the victorious forces for a single nation; and nothing more or less really? Historically?

"Under God" is a throw-away. The hook is a pledge of allegience to the flag "of the United States of America, one nation, indivisible" and the with liberty and justice for all is window dressing because it sounds good but since the 1860's we've all of us been waiting for delivery on that one.