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Pledge of Allegiance
There can be no freedom OF religion WITHOUT freedom FROM government promoted religion.
 
 
The Pledge of Allegiance is a national symbol, and as such all Americans should be able to freely participate in reciting it, especially students in public schools.  However, the words "under God" are clearly a promotion of a specific religious belief.  These words, added by Congress in 1954, are in violation of the First Amendment - "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."
 
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.
 


We all have the right to pledge allegiance to our country without at the same time making a specific religious statement. It is also unconscionable to ask any American to remain silent while another American promotes their beliefs with governmental authority.
This is as un-American as you can get.

We have a solution for this problem.  A solution that unites ALL Americans
and respects the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The Pledge in use today, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892,  was modified by the U.S. congress in 1954 by adding the words “under God” and in effect turning it into an unconstitutional public prayer.  There are millions of Americans who believe in God but do not believe they are "under" God.  Some find God within their own hearts while others believe they are part of --not under-- a divine power or sacred universe. Still others do not believe in God at all. The religious beliefs of these Americans are violated by our government, in schools, in public meetings, or anywhere the Pledge is recited. Because of a desire to avoid 1st Amendment conflicts, many simply avoid reciting the Pledge. It was changed before and it can be changed back.


  Whether you consider yourself Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Native American, Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, Atheist, Humanist, etc...., as Americans we all recognize that the strength of this country is based on its plurality of cultures and beliefs.  True patriotism is not shown by how often you wave the flag or say the Pledge, but by the respect you accord the primary pillar of our democracy, the Constitution of the United States.

We ask the U.S. Congress to pass a resolution restoring the Pledge of Allegiance to the wording as recited by all Americans during WWII.  A Pledge that can be recited by ALL Americans again, especially school children, and that will respect the First Amendment.

James Madison was a member of the six member joint Senate-House conference committee which drafted the wording of the First Amendment and presented it to Congress and the Senate for adoption. Both the House and the Senate adopted the wording of the First Amendment as proposed in 1789 by the six member joint Senate-House committee of the First Congress. Madison wrote: "Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history," James Madison, William and Mary Quarterly 3:555.

All Americans should demand that our government support the First Amendment by insisting on the separation between Religion & Government.

What can you do?
Contact your Congressional Representative and ask them to
restore the Pledge to its pre-1954 form.

Click here to find & contact your elected Member to the U.S. House of Representative

Comments, questions, and responses
are posted HERE

Send comments and questions to Rob Kirk at:
The comment/question will be posted if it has not been addressed before
or expresses a new or unique view.

If you are a Christian, don't bother writing if all you have to say is that your religion and god is the only right one and everyone else will go to hell (and lace it with foul language). I have already recieved 100's of thoes from your brethern. They all seem to have somehow totally missed Jesus' message.


Articles/Stories in Support of Restoring The Pledge

Thinking About the History of the Pledge - S. Abrams

A Flag Day Carol Paul Palmer
What the Pledge Means J Evans
A Perspective on the Pledge
A. Fyfe

Ommision of Pled's "under God" Needed B. Shore
In My Creator I Trust - A. Mayville
Just Say No to God - A. Newitz
Lets Pledge Common Sense - N. Pattis
One Nation, Under This One, That One or None at All - B. Mittelman


The Newdow Pledge Litigation Site


Help Restore Separation of Religion & Government to our Motto & on our Money

On July 30, 1956, the 84th Congress passed a law declaring "In God We Trust" to be the new national motto of the United States, in addition to the original E Pluribus Unum . (P.L. 84-140) Law 36 U.S.C. 186, titled "National Motto". There is NO doubt that this law is in violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

So what does "In God We Trust" on our money actually mean? Based on the facts, it means that the government does not actually support religious freedom. It means that the government continues to establish that monotheism, belief in one "Almighty God," is the de facto official religion of the United States.

All Americans should demand that our government support the First Amendment by insisting that our government support the
separation of religion and government.


http://www.godoffmoney.com/




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Last Updated:8/28/2012
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