Palaver from Persimmon Crossing — Pledge of Allegiance
|July 2, 2002||Posted by Staff under Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Palaver from Persimmon Crossing
with Warren Faulk
I … STILL … Pledge Allegiance
I still pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, thank God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
So throw me in jail. I changed a few words around to suit my purpose today and might say it a little different for other reasons another time. I heard a three year old girl singing the pledge of allegiance this Sunday. Her Vacation Bible School class had set the pledge to music, changed a few words around to make the lyrics and notes mesh. This little beauty made one change on her own. She called us the E_nited States of America. The ground did not shake and the corners of my copy of the constitution did not curl.
I wouldn’t object to having the words ‘under God’ placed in parentheses so to speak, to be recited by those who choose to and omitted by those who don’t. My personal feeling is that if one has trouble with the under God portion, he probably doesn’t really subscribe to the rest of the pledge either and might just as well stand (or sit) mute, with hands at his side.
For those who object to having “In God we trust” printed on our money, I suggest you give it to a church or synagogue. The good people there will use it to make the country a better place for the flag to fly and for you to exercise your rights.
— Warren Faulk
Also see Fred Foldvary’s editorial on this subject
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