A New Pledge of Allegiance?

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Pledgingallegiance.jpgI was discussing the history of the Pledge of Allegiance in my class on religion and the media today, and was astonished to learn that some of my students–one from Santa Barbara, others from upstate New York–had been accustomed to recite the Pledge in public school with the words “under all” replacing “under God.” As in: “one nation, under all, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Under all what? All gods, goddesses and beliefs, as one blog comment I found puts it? Or, self-referentially, the same “all” that liberty and justice is for?

Howsoever, if this is indeed happening in school districts across the U.S., it would appear that some teachers or administrators or school boards have quietly (I can’t find any news coverage) decided that–as Michael Newdow argued before the Supreme Court–“under God” is an unconstitutional establishment of religion that they want no part of. Or maybe it’s another example of rote mishearing, like “Our Father which art in heaven, Harold be thy Name.” Anybody out there know?

  • They found an interesting and resourceful solution. I never say “under God” when I say the pledge (and I have to, frequently, for my job). I just stay quiet during that phrase. I may change to “under all.” Or maybe not; I like that my silence makes a statement.

  • Thanks for your post. The pledge should be stopped entirely. The German stiff-armed salute developed because the early Pledge of Allegiance began with a military salute that was then extended outward to point at the flag (it was not an “ancient Roman salute” -another debunked myth repeated by the ignorant vulgus profanum). The above are part of the discoveries by Dr. Rex Curry (author of “Pledge of Allegiance Secrets”).

  • Would not the requirement to state, “under God” be in violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States?
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • Mark Silk

    Thou sayest. In 2004, the Supreme Court punted.