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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Pledge Protection Day

Concerned Women for America is taking part in a press conference today to protect the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more about the story here:

“As Americans commemorate Flag Day, it is also appropriate to remember the importance of keeping God in our Pledge. CWA strongly supports the mention of God in our nation’s oath in keeping with our constitutional freedoms. We are free from an established religion and free to worship as we choose. Our country’s founding fathers were men of faith who intentionally included the phrase ‘under God’ in an oath that serves as a symbol of loyalty and patriotism to our great country.

“The Pledge Protection Act would uphold and protect the sanctity of our age-old Pledge. Children across the country must continue to have the right to recite our Pledge day in and day out. The words ‘under God’ make the Pledge not only a patriotic oath, but a public prayer for our country.”
As I, and NJDC's Rebecca Murow, noticed - Ummm, sorry to break it to you CWA, but the Pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy for a public school celebration of Columbus Day. It was amended in 1954 to add the phrase "under God". I seriously doubt our founding fathers had much to do with the writing of the Pledge...

One actual fact that the speaker got right is that "the words ‘under God’ make the Pledge not only a patriotic oath, but a public prayer for our country." Exactly what was intended by the Knights of Columbus when they petitioned Congress to have "under God" added to the Pledge.

Original Article:

Hat Tip to Rebecca at NJDC's blog:


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