August 01, 2002
Constitutional Amendment to Protect Pledge Officially Under Way.

As is par for the course for the folks writing our nation's laws in Washington, several Congressmen are pushing forward with their initial knee-jerk reaction to the Pledge ruling by proposing a stunningly idiotic new Amendment to the Constitution.

A major effort is under way to protect the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto through a proposed new Constitutional amendment. The effort was announced yesterday on Capitol Hill by Congressman Chip Pickering of Mississippi.

"How fortunate we are," Pickering said, "to stand together as we begin a national campaign to protect and promote the Pledge to the Flag and our national motto -- 'In God We Trust' -- and to protect it by a Constitutional amendment."

Pat Trueman, a spokesperson for the American Family Association in the nation's capitol, spoke of the need for such an amendment. He said AFA knows that there are millions of Americans throughout this country who want to protect the religious heritage of this country and that "want God -- Almighty God -- to still reign sovereign over our land and to protect us and we want to honor Him."

AFA's web site is receiving thousands upon thousands of online registrants to the "We Pledge" campaign calling for the Constitutional amendment. It has quickly become one of the most effective ways for citizens to voice their concern to Congress on this important issue.

If the original ruling was silly and unimportant in the face of larger issues, as was argued by Jill here on this site, then surely this amendment proposal is an even more useless pursuit. Amending the Constitution is not something that should be entered into lightly and we already have a shining example of how even a very noble amendment can end up doing more harm than good in the from of Prohibition. But then bad ideas being bad has never stopped Congress from enacting them with all the gusto it can muster.

Posted by at August 01, 2002 06:26 PM
In God we trust,and only him Posted by: Gwen Jeffs on August 17, 2002 03:43 AM
"Leaving out the gamblers, the burglars, and the plumbers, perhaps we do put our trust in God after a fashion. But, after all, it is an overstatement. If the cholera or black plague should come to these shores, perhaps the bulk of the nation would pray to be delivered from it, but the rest would put their trust in The Health Board." -- Mark Twain, speech, "Education and Citizenship," "Some years ago on the gold coins we used to trust in God. It think it was in 1863 that some genious suggested that it be put on the gold and silver coins which circulated among the rich. They didn't put it on the nickels and coppers because they didn't think the poor folks had any trust in God.... If I remember rightly, the President required or ordered the romoval of that sentence from the coins. Well, I didn't see that the statement ought to remain there. It wasn't true. But I think it would better read, "Within certain judicious limitations we trust in God, and if there isn't enough room on the coin for this, why enlarge the coin." -- Mark Twain, speech (May 14, 1908) "If you want to save your child from polio, you can pray or you can inoculate." -- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World, p. 30 Posted by: Les on August 17, 2002 11:06 AM
You're about as politically correct as a steer in a feedlot. Everything you write says "Moo! Me, too!" Posted by: Emperor Norton on September 6, 2002 10:48 PM
I take my comment back. God, am I in a kvetchy mood or what? Posted by: Emperor Norton on September 6, 2002 11:30 PM
I agree that a constitutional amendment to keep the "under God" part in the Pledge is a bad idea. As a matter of fact, its quite unconstitutional. :-) David Posted by: David Flanagan on October 7, 2002 02:38 PM
Our ancestors came across the sea and fought for the right to worship God as they pleased. Today we are fighting again to have the right to believe in that same God. Let the pledge stay!! Posted by: Carmen Mulvaney on January 27, 2003 08:23 AM
Our ancestors came across the sea and fought for the right to worship God as they pleased. Today we are fighting again to have the right to believe in that same God. Let the pledge stay!! Posted by: Carmen Mulvaney on January 27, 2003 08:24 AM
Please do not remove "in God" from our pledge of alligence! Posted by: Paul & Hope Neuer on March 4, 2003 12:41 PM
Please do not remove "under God" from our pledge of alligence! Posted by: Paul & Hope Neuer on March 4, 2003 12:43 PM
Please do not remove the "Under God from our Pledge of Alligence! I have four school children and they all love reciting the Pledge of Alligence. It gives them pride and honor in our great country. What will be next "In God we trust on our money". We have already lost prayer in school for not being active. Let's not let congress vote this one out again. Posted by: Melissa DuPont on October 14, 2003 09:49 PM
The Pledge of Allegiance 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 Posted by: Susan Rose on October 15, 2003 10:28 AM
All people that believe in GOD, and that american is built on God's word. Continue to hold up the blood stain banner and put on the armour of .This is a the devil and his workers at work and we know what we must do. Don't fret the battle is all ready won Jesus Christ the son of the living God has already prevailed.He will come and get his people soon than all the nations that has turned there back on God will pay. God bles all beleivers in Jesus Christ name Amen. Posted by: wanda carter on October 15, 2003 04:46 PM
this is very stupid Posted by: tony on December 2, 2003 05:18 PM
i do not intend to bash anybody and i truly believe that we should keep the "under god" part, but when does it say that the "god" it refers to is the father of Jesus Christ?? couldn't it be Allah or maybe even Buddah. again i do not intend to offend anybody and since when (wanda carter) did the USA proclaim it's alligence to Christ. isn't in the first amendment for freedom of religion and the freedom to practice what ever religion you feel like practicing. i'm not here to change your mind but just open your minds a little bit more. i grew up saying the pledge every day and i'm proud to be an american but america should be more excepting of others (religions, political views, cultures) if we are ever going to prosper in this new age world Posted by: Scooter on December 5, 2003 08:25 AM
To think I had once believed that Western civilization might outgrow this crap. Tsk, tsk. Considering that Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of any religion, one would think that phrases such as "under God" and "In God we Trust" would be struck down without a second thought. Posted by: Novus Ordum Seclorum on December 31, 2003 01:10 PM
Personally I believe we don't need to fix the pledge if it isn't broken.Leave it the way it is.If you don't like the word God and it offends you ,don't say it.But if we get into the "offends me game",we could argue forever. So get over it.If you don't believe in a "god" it shouldn't bother you at all,because after all there is no God.Or is there? This is America isn't it? Freedom of choice!So leave it the way it is. Posted by: Ken P. on January 9, 2004 11:04 AM
Please leave the Pledge of Alligence the way it is. If it affends the winers--tell them to get over it or the air planes and boats leave for another country every day. The Fore-fathers built this country on God and freedom. They left the mother land to get away from things being forced on them that they did not beleive were fair. So if the winers think things are not fair in the "Good old U S of A" Bye-Bye. NO one is stopping them. Posted by: k s witt on March 24, 2004 01:09 PM
There are a lot of differnt opionions about the word "GOD".... Some people believe there isn't a GOD and that is there right. For the rest of us, each religion has there own belief. We are in American, and we all have the right to have our own opinion, and voice them. WELL MY OPINION IS, THAT I WANT THE WORDS "UNDER GOD" LEFT IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLIGENCE. Maybe if we all put GOD back in our lives, then all the hate, killings and etc., would disappear. Our country is falling apart, and the PLEDGE OF ALLIGENCE is something that hasn't changed, so why change it? Posted by: Pam on March 24, 2004 06:38 PM
I am not religious. I dont belive in God. That is my right. It was the religious paranoia that changed it from the original version. This is not at all what the author that wrote it wanted, Im sure. The Pledge should be for all and as it stands it does not. Dont tell me that I just dont have to say it, or my child. That doesnt work. I love my country and I want to say it but just not with "under God" in it. How hard is that for any religious person that aproves of it to comprehend it. You can bet if it had something against your religion in it you wouldnt say it and you would be protesting all over this country. Its not right and fair to all. Put it back to its original version and make it a pledge for ALL to say not just a certain group of people. The world doesnt revolve around religion anymore. That doesnt make me a morally bad person. Here is the original with some history. ...Now what would it hurt for all to say this..It wouldnt. if you make a stink about the original that means its all about the religion and not about what its truly meant to be for our flag. "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands- one nation indivisible-with liberty and justice for all." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On September 8,1892, the Boston based "The Youth's Companion" magazine published a few words for students to repeat on Columbus Day that year. Written by Francis Bellamy,the circulation manager and native of Rome, New York, and reprinted on thousands of leaflets, was sent out to public schools across the country. On October 12, 1892, the quadricentennial of Columbus' arrival, more than 12 million children recited the Pledge of Allegiance, thus beginning a required school-day ritual. At the first National Flag Conference in Washington D.C., on June14, 1923, a change was made. For clarity, the words "the Flag of the United States" replaced "my flag". In the following years various other changes were suggested but were never formally adopted. It was not until 1942 that Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. One year later, in June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to recite it. In fact,today only half of our fifty states have laws that encourage the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom! In June of 1954 an amendment was made to add the words "under God". Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower said "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war." Posted by: Deborah on March 29, 2004 08:59 AM
Our Country, was founded upon the belief and existance of God and country, our forefathers, instituted the stronghold of God, truth and freedom. Our country has been blessed, however, we are becoming cold and callus..It is because of our belief in God, that our country has prospered. Please, Please, we as Christians have to be strong, to stand up for what we believe..We have rights as well and that right is to serve our Lord and say his name without retribution. Mrs. Karen Tindall, Los Angeles, California Posted by: Karen Tindall on April 5, 2004 01:43 PM
Ciao Posted by: Jonnie on November 4, 2004 12:08 AM
I went to school in the 1930's and this is how we said it with our right hand over our hearts for the first 3 words, then extending our arm to the flag and with the palm up symbolizing holding our heart in it, we held it there for the rest of our pledge. (see pledge below). Sadly, with the onset of World War II and Hitler's campaign of terror...some thought the hand extended looked too much like the Nazi salute of "Heil Hitler". The students were then told to hold their hand over their heart through the whole pledge without extending the hand. We obeyed like "good students". We,as a Nation, never said "Under God" until many years later. The Pledge of Allegiance 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 Posted by: Carolyn Dame on November 4, 2004 08:46 PM
hi. im 13 yrs old and i believe that under God should stay in our alligience because where would this country be without God??????? Posted by: brittany p on December 5, 2004 10:05 PM
all the liberals can just get on any plane and leave this country if they dont believe in the First Amendment , the Pledge of Allegiance and lastly and most importantly GOD'S Word/. MOst of the phoneys trying to omit all of these things have their own vested interest in foiling this country any way that they can.. when the cold war ended the enemy stated that the rot would come from within...most of the people who do not have pertinent vested reason in why the Pledge of Allegiance should stay in tact never had a loved one fight for our country and it's moral and ethics. You can all just leave.take all the misinformed neandrathals with you..we wont miss you , but we will pray for you !!have a blessed day!!! Posted by: m a rodriques on January 2, 2005 04:53 PM
First of all think of soliders and The place of where your soul will rest you so call americans who want to take the God out of this and every other thing in America. Hell has a hot spot for those in the Goverment and Law waiting for even doing this Posted by: s q on April 29, 2005 07:14 PM
I belive that "under god" should stay out of the pledge. Anyone who says otherwise might as well say anyone who doesn't belive in god should get out of the country. Posted by: Felicia Goodwin on May 5, 2005 04:09 PM
If “Under God” is left in the pledge of allegiance then those whoa re religious have the right to say it and those who aren’t have the right not to…but if you take “Under God” out then you’re taking rights away from those who are religious. Posted by: April Owen on May 10, 2005 06:22 PM
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