Thursday, March 11, 2010

Court: "Under God" *IS* Constitutional (??!?)

Story here. They might have considered watching this two-minute video, which gives a history of the pledge. My mom (high school class of 61) remembers saying the pledge without under God. That's not so long ago. Who are these people, re-engineering the Pledge of Allegiance?

This is a new occasion for the Allah test (which is useful when people make noises about ceremonial uses of religious language). Send your kids to school telling them to say the pledge like this:

I pledge allegiance
To the flag
Of the United States of America.
And to the republic,
For which it stands,
One nation,
In submission to Allah,
With liberty and justice for all.

I mean it. From now on, I'm going to say it this way and see what happens. I dare schools, sporting events, etc. to tell us they can't say it this way. Let's see what happens then.


TGP said...

Other options:
"under delusion"
"under the influence"
"under Odin"
"under fascism"
"underwater moonlight...sets the body free, underwater moonlight baby you and me..."

The question is, "Do I want to force my kid into this sort of debate?"

Michael Caton said...

You make the very good point that it's not up to us to have our kids fight our battles; duly noted. It's just that the average adult says the Pledge on average zero times a year. I would suggest that high school kids who know enough to voluntarily choose this path should help us out.

RE "Odin", "delusion", etc. - all funny, but not making the point as well. Nobody believes in Odin, and Christianists will laugh, because they know that so they're not threatened. Plenty of people believe in submission to Allah. Christianists know that too, though they might NOT know that's why they're so much more rabid about Islam than the Norse pantheon.

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