Religion and the Pledge of Allegiance


Categories: Personal

Okay, time for another hot button issue.

The Pledge of Allegiance. Most of you have heard this. I’m here to present the position that, if we are to accept the basic Christian principles that it supposedly upholds, we must conclude that the practice of making kids recite it is, in fact, essentially blasphemous.

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

First, a bit of history. The “one Nation under God” part was added, in the 1950s, as part of the McCarthy era witch hunt for communists. It also directly contradicts the word “indivisible”, by dividing us; by creating a barrier between “real” Americans, who of course believe in God, and “fake” Americans, who don’t.

However, that’s not the whole of what’s wrong with it. The problem is that this is pushed as a thing to say in schools. That opens up whole new cans of worms.

So, the solution is simple. Don’t make kids say the pledge! Unfortunately, there’s more:

So, Christians shouldn’t say it either.

In fact, no one should say it. If we took out the questionable language, including the “under God”, it would make a good thing for non-Christians to say if they wanted to sound patriotic. It’s not clear what good it would do. For myself, I will refrain from participating, and I hope the ritual is safely buried soon, because it’s disgusting and wrong. It is the antithesis of Christian teaching on the topics of oaths, the use of the word “God”, allegiance, idolatry, age of responsibility, and the seriousness of any kind of promise or committment. It’s just plain wrong.

Comments [archived]

From: angry
Date: 2004-10-14 22:23:46 -0500

the act of saying the pledge is not disgusting, what’s disgusting is this article. if you are an american how can you think of saying the pledge as disgusting? if you don’t want to mention God’s name that is your own business, but the pledge in general is an expression of our patriotism and citizenship in this amazing country. so if you don’t want to say it, how about you move to a different country??

From: seebs
Date: 2004-10-15 04:37:59 -0500

Patriotism. Ahh, patriotism. “Deutschland, Deutschland, ueber alles”. That’s patriotism.

Ironically, America’s founding ideals reject the key concept of patriotism, which is that we’re better than everyone else.

Thanks, but no thanks. I am not a “patriot”, and I will not gladly kill people who dress differently than I do.

From: Cori Malinky
Date: 2006-01-05 11:21:15 -0600

THe pledge is a form of patriotism, but the Establishment clause states that there is a seperation of chruch and state. Its not that it is “disgusting” its that it needs to be changed to a more patriotice statment.

From: Tika
Date: 2007-08-26 12:44:23 -0500

Kudos, Kudos, Kudos,

I really admire you for posting this. I thought that I was the only child that was persecuted in school for not saying the pledge of allegiance. My family was very strict when it came to our faith, in school they taught us that we have the freedom of belief yet they want to take away our right not to pledge to anything other than God.