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Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Republic For Richard Stands

Like so much in our contentious, highly polarized political climate, the notion of separation of church and state is wildly misunderstood. Just take those two little words in the Pledge of Allegiance, "under God." They weren't put there by the founding fathers, nor were they in the original version. Nor indeed has the pledge been around since Betsy Ross first stitched us up a flag. But here's the best part, it was written in 1892 by a Baptist minister as part of an advertising campaign for a celebration commemorating the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America. It was the New York chapter of the Knights of Columbus who in 1951 added "under God" when the pledge was recited at the opening of their meetings. It spread throughout the fraternal organization and a year later was adopted for the entire country thanks to the efforts of [irony alert] that great America Richard Nixon. If there is a deity somewhere, he's got to be laughing. That was just about the time I started going to a Friends school, where it was wisely perceived that keeping politics and religion separate was a very good idea.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never say " under God" when I recite the pledge. It is not the way I learned it and I don't think this nation has any special claim to God's protection although Bismark thought differently " God looks after drunks ,little children and the United States of America." Good cartoon john. roger

4:06 AM  
Blogger Mary Jansen said...

I'm with you Roger! On a similar note I am equally disheartened to see the American flag displayed in church sanctuaries. Again, God, (in my opinion) not only cares for the congregants but sisters and brothers of all walks of faith, (yes, aetheists and agnostics too.) The presence of the flag is an alarmingly covetous claim to God that minimizes and manipulates the profound enormity of God's utterly absurd notion if one understands the Spirit as infinite creator.
Great cartoon John!

7:11 AM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

Terrific comments, Roger and Mary. As I've mentioned in the past, Roger, I'm watched over by the god who looks after fools. Beautifully said, Mary.

7:33 AM  

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