Our Pledge of Allegiance

FresnoJune 3, 2014 

Thomas Moore (May 22 letter) rightfully declares: 1) "the most patriotic phrase in American culture has become an antagonistic one"; 2) "two words ('under God') ...make me question America's devotion to equality"; and 3) "When a student is forced to choose between saying words inherently discriminatory to their beliefs or appear unpatriotic to others, the justice system has failed its duty to uphold the First Amendment."

The innocuous Pledge of Allegiance I recited (1932-1954), sans the apparently noxious to some "under God" phrase, was:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I believe the cause of the dissension widespread among so-inclined groups and individuals (including Christian me) is that "under God" is a declarative assumption akin to, e.g., the declaration that Fresno is "A culture of excellence where people get the best every day," which is tantamount to false advertising.

Do not the rampant crime, corruption and conflict-ridden-happenings evident in American culture negate the supposition that America is predominantly a nation "under God"?

Thank God/whomever/whatever that government can be petitioned, via the First Amendment, for "redress of grievances"!

Phyllis Minnitte-Bilbo


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