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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:12 AM

 

Ouch!

An answer to an uncle that finally pissed her off.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:18 AM

1. I'm thinking the Under God part was added in 1954.

I was in Catholic school that year, and I distinctly recall the nuns being very upset by the addition.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:24 AM

3. June 14, 1954


The phrase "under God" was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending 7 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance#Addition_of_.22under_God.22

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:25 AM

4. I remember that too and for the same reason. That's how I learned the definition of blasphemy ...

I still do not say "under God" when I say the pledge of allegiance.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:39 AM

9. That's right...it was a Cold War thing...

The idea was that God had to be name-checked to distinguish us from those Godless Commies.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:23 AM

2. I particularly like "when someone stands on a soap box (digital or otherwise)" because she

is standing up to that common pressure tactic implied or otherwise, TTE, "I have a right to say _____________ and no one has a right to say anything against my free speech", which is particularly annoying, because if someone claims a right that they do not also yield to others, it's not a right at all, it's a privilege and, as is the nature of privilege, it comes at the expense of others.

So much out of the right-wing DEPENDS upon intimidation, it is a good thing when someone shows that they will not be intimidated by hypocrites who don't claim a right to free speech at all, but, rather, they claim a privilege for their point of view and none other.

When you "stand on a soapbox" that act in itself says others may say things too. Yeah, I'm a "bad" girl, if you and your friends aren't going to be comfortable with a Reply All from me, in response to social email, do not include me in your list, because email in its very nature is a soap box too. If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:51 AM

5. Great, measured response

If my memory serves, I believe that the "Under God" was added to stick-it to the Godless Soviets at the hight of the cold war.
That generation's "Freedom Fries," if you will.

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Response to dvhughes (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:33 AM

8. Really! and this generation's "Freedom Fries" were sticking it to

France who wouldn't join their ugly war on Iraq.

What a bunch of useless idiots.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:27 AM

6. I'm Amazed...

...on how many of my RW friends are completely unaware of the actual history of how "under God" made it into the Pledge.

Paige

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:29 AM

7. "An answer to an uncle that finally pissed her off." Interesting pronoun usage.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:39 AM

10. That's something that a person might say to a stranger. But to say that to a family member?

 

Apparently she's had poor parenting.

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:05 AM

12. You must have a very small family.

 

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:41 AM

11. The original text of the Pledge was as follows:

I pledge allegiance to MY flag, and to the republic for which it stands...one nation, indivisible, with EQUALITY and justice for all.


(Emphasis on "my" and "equality" added by myself).

It was written by the socialist author Francis Bellamy, and was actually intended to be a pledge of allegiance to a one's own individual conscience.

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:13 AM

13. ONLY 60 people?

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:19 AM

14. Should have added the real kicker: the author of the pledge was a Socialist.

Oh, and the original pledge included "equality" ("equality, liberty, and justice for all"), but that was removed because Bellamy knew it never would have been approved by schools in the late 19th century.

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