While scrolling through Facebook I happened upon this picture.
I would just like to note that the original draft of the Pledge of Allegiance, as composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892, was “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Changes were made in 1923 to add “of the United States” and in 1924 to add “of America”. The phrase “under God” was not added until 1954, at the height of anti-Communist fervor. It was am attempt to link patriotism with religious piety, to distinguish America from the ‘godless Soviets.’
Now, this post is likely referring to people of non-christian faith (or no faith at all) being offended by the clearly Christian favoritism found in the pledge of allegiance which suggest the entire nation be under the Christian God.
However, to clarify, America was founded as an entirely secular nation, as detailed in both the Constitution’s first amendment, the Treaty of Tripoli, and the writings of many of the founding fathers (Please refer to Thomas Jefferson’s letter to Thomas Cooper on Feb. 10, 1814 as well as the writings of Thomas Paine). One will also find that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Ethan Allen, James Madison, and James Monroe were all espoused deists and not Christians.
Considering all of this, is it not understandable why someone would be offended to see one particular faith upheld above their own faith, or lack thereof?