Pledge of Allegiance
Contrary to popular belief, the Pledge of Allegiance has not been around since the country's founding. The pledge first appeared in 1892, was codified in 1942 with "under God" added in 1954. Reciting the pledge is voluntary, yet Baby boomers grew up reciting it in school every morning. Today, the secular left is aggressively trying to eliminate the "under God" element of the pledge as part of their overall "freedom from religion" agenda. The right is determined to maintain the pledge in its 1954 version.

Defending the Pledge

from The Beckett Fund,

For over a decade, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has successfully defended the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because the phrase “under God” answers one of the most important questions any community can ask: Where do our rights come from? Although it may seem abstract, that question is one of great practical importance in law and politics, because your answer explains how you will treat the rights of others. Kings and emperors throughout history answered the question by claiming that individual rights were theirs to give and theirs to take away. If you offended the emperor, you could be executed on the spot, no matter who you were. In more recent history, totalitarian systems such as Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union said that they had the ability to take away human rights from “enemies of the State”. They could even reclassify some people as “unpersons” without any rights at all. The State gives, and the State takes away. But the American tradition—and the English system it descends from—has always been different. In England, titans of legal history like Sir Edward Coke and William Blackstone asserted that no king could take away the rights of an Englishman because those rights did not come from the king: they come, instead, from the laws of nature and nature’s God. That same idea inspired American revolutionaries to defend their rights against the ever-encroaching powers of a tyrannical king. That’s why it is so important to defend the Pledge of Allegiance.

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