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America’s heartland must fight to keep “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance!!
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Fifty-nine years ago young children all across America walked into their respective schoolrooms and with pride bursting in their young chests they recited the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a new and deeper meaning reflected in the addition to this pledge because the words “under God” were inserted to read, in full, “One Nation Under God.”
Since that momentous year millions of elementary school students all across America have recited this pledge – some hoping that their teacher will select them to stand in front of the classroom to proudly lead the recitation. Yet deep within the hardened hearts of some in America – led by infamous atheists like Madalyn Murray O’Hair – a concerted effort began to tear God away from children in public schools.
That effort has been renewed by an atheist couple in Massachusetts. They are attacking the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance’s “under God” phrase. They claim in their Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case that, the words are exclusionary to their atheist children and violate their kids’ rights under the Equal Rights Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution.
One has to understand the full dimension and scale of this nearly sixty plus year assault upon maintaining God in the Pledge of Allegiance which began with infamous atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s frontal assault in the 1940’s and 1950’s. She waged a successful effort to remove prayer from public schools, and assisted the growing effort of the secularization of America. The goal was to create a Socialist Nation which undermined and removed the basic Biblical principles of character and heartland values the nation’s children.
In 2004, 50 years had passed since the adoption of “under God” in the pledge and O’Hair’s war on God in America, when the U.S. Supreme Court took up a case that challenged the phrase. The court ruled unanimously ruled that the phrase “under God” may remain in the Pledge of Allegiance as recited in public school classrooms. Nine years ago, many felt the nation’s heritage of respecting God in the Pledge of Allegiance was safe. It was not.
In 2007, just three years later, the Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit defending the constitutionality of the Texas Pledge of Allegiance which includes ‘one state under God’. Attorney General Abbott stated then, “Just as it is perfectly constitutional for Texas schoolchildren to pledge their allegiance to ‘one nation under God,’ it is also constitutional for students to pledge their allegiance to ‘one state, under God.” The Texas Attorney General was successful.
One has to ask, to what end and for what purpose does removal of God from the state of Texas public schools or from America’s national Pledge of Allegiance or removing His Son Jesus Christ from the public square announcing His Birth mean?!
The clear and convincing purpose of atheists and secularists who denounce God and denounce Christ is to extinguish America’s connection to God in our spirit, in our heart, and most importantly in our soul. The purpose is to eradicate God and Christ and the principles and values that they exemplify as if they never existed. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” ( Proverbs 4:23 KJV )!!
William J. Murray, the son of notorious atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, is a tireless crusader for religious rights. He leads the Religious Freedom Coalition and he asserts that atheistic forces seek to “replace faith in God with an atheistic, secularist, and heartless philosophy that has no respect for the belief that the human race is God’s creation.”
This assessment is crucial to the foundational belief that guided the creation of the nation by the Founding Fathers who used Biblical beliefs and God’s words as the underpinnings of America’s institutions and Constitution. That is the genesis point as to why God has to remain in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Francis Bellamy (1855 – 1931), a Baptist minister wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance in August 1892. Reverend George MacPherson Docherty, another person of the cloth was responsible for bringing the nation’s attention to the need to amend the Pledge of Allegiance in 1952 and again in 1954, when “under God,” was added.
Reverend Docherty had a school-age child, and was concerned about what the words of the Pledge of Allegiance were not speaking to. Reverend Docherty was concerned as he prepared his text for his sermon before 500 religious leaders in Washington D.C. that there was something essentially missing. He wanted to convey the totality of America’s strengths as well as its depths of sacrifices made as a nation.
He found the answer in his own child, who had recited the Pledge of Allegiance in school earlier that day but without the phrase “under God.” Reverend Docherty felt there was no way to distinguish America’s pledge from any other pledge of allegiance to any other flag, say of France, Iraq or Russia. “But when Jesus saw it, He was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little Children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a Little Child, he shall not Enter therein.” ( Mark 10:14-15 KJV )
Reverend Docherty strongly advocated for adding “under God,” to the Pledge of Allegiance and it eventually became law by an Act of Congress. President Eisenhower signed it into law on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.
President Eisenhower strongly agreed with the inclusion of “under God” in the nation’s pledge and said, “Ought an individual be required to express a belief in God in order to express allegiance to our nation? No, but a responsible citizen should not be able to declare for all how allegiance to our nation is to be expressed. I find it almost impossible to believe that a non-believer in God is so threatened, so coerced, that constitutional protection must be granted and invoked – that his conscience is so broken by its utterance by others while he tries to express allegiance. How is ‘under God,’ to a non-believer in God threatened by those who so believe?”
That essential point is what the Massachusetts’s Supreme Court must decide this term and what may be the critical point that the U.S. Supreme Court will possibly need to rule upon in the near future.
That is exactly the question now as well. The phrase speaks to the very character of who we are as a nation. The phrase “under God” cannot be simplistically crafted or legally framed as an assault on the individual right of a parent to not have his or her child hear the words of the pledge. This phrase does not force religion upon a child. The U.S. Supreme Court had already ruled on this in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), that students are protected from being forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance or salute the flag. The Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment assures this. Therefore, President Eisenhower had it correct in 1954.
After the official congressional inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance the then-President Eisenhower, spoke before the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus in Louisville, August 17, 1954, in recognition of their role in originating and sponsoring the amendment to the Pledge of Allegiance.
Eisenhower stressed: “We are particularly thankful to you for your part in the movement to have the words ‘under God’ added to our Pledge of Allegiance. These words will remind Americans that despite our great physical strength we must remain humble. They will help us to keep constantly in our minds and hearts the spiritual and moral principles which alone give dignity to man and upon which our way of life is founded.”
Americans must win the war for the soul of the nation. The nation’s children’s future and the future their children will inherit depend upon it.