First off, a big thanks to Promo Guy for starting up this blog. I think this is going to be a unique experience for all of us, and I look forward to some good discussions on a wide range of topics.
Quick intro on me: I'm a somewhat moderate liberal in certain areas, feeling that in some areas (defense, national security), we need to be more hawkish. However, in just about everything else, you'll find me touting the cause of the Left. I, too am a pagan, following an alternate path of Spirituality. I've been walking this path since 1987 and have found a deep fulfillment because of it over the years. This influences much of my politics, being as my beliefs tend to fall outside of the mainstream.
I've already written a bit about how I feel about the "under God" ruling over on my blog, and wanted to clarify upfront how I feel about this: I've felt since around 5th grade that using the words, "under God" wasn't right. The older I got, the more I researched this issue and realized just what the Pledge had been turned into.
Yesterday, I was offering up some thoughts on my own blog that were a rebuttal to another blogger who came down vehemently against this ruling. Phrases like, "this is an American heritage that's being altered for political correctness" (a paraphrase) were being bandied about right and left.
Little did this person realize that the Pledge has gone through several changes. For instance, up until the late Thirties, apparently one said the Pledge with one arm up in the air. The obvious reason this was done away with lies in Nazi Germany.
Would he want this restored as part of the American Heritage?
I think not.
I'm an opinionated person, and I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot from me when it comes to this and other issues.
I'll leave off for now with this quote from the man I consider to be the greatest citizen in American history, Thomas Jefferson:
"Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God; that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship; that the legislative powers of the government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should `make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore man to all of his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties."
Posted by at June 28, 2002 04:36 PM