Revision to our pledge, and Why

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.

God has no place in our pledge, regardless of our belief in his existence or power over humanity. Our nation was founded with the expressed purpose of providing a safe, free society within which we are able to worship whatever deity we choose. Just as we regard early writings where groups of people are referred to be men as sexist we cannot ignore that the addition was done for the Christian God. It would be a great injustice for the religious polytheistic groups to compress their idols just as it is a loss of liberty for atheists to add one.

The most accredited figurehead, Reverend George Macpherson Docherty, played on the hearts and minds of Americans, during the cold war, suggesting that the addition not only helped set us apart from the godless communists but that it was also supportive of the idea that our nation was founded with Christian values in mind. Since then our nation has become the melting pot of the world, providing homes to every possible deistic choice on the face of the earth. Keeping that in mind it is very hard to ignore that pledging ourselves to the flag – under god – is not as simple as it may have been fifty years ago. Our melting pot includes people of all races, colors, creeds and belief systems so it is no longer possible to set ourselves apart from anyone, because ultimately they are a part of us.

It is tough to suggest a change to fifty years of our American heritage. Admittedly, my simplification does not seem to have quite the same ring to it, but to allow God to stay present in our pledge does more of an injustice for all than to leave it present and provide an explicit chasm to be formed between indivisible people.