Do You Know When God was REALLY Added to the Pledge of Allegiance?

Do You Know When God was REALLY Added to the Pledge of Allegiance?

Need further proof that the “restore America” crowd has their heads in an alternate universe? When zealots talk about returning to our Christian values, they often know not of what they speak.

Cases in point –



None of these presidents were in power – nor even alive anymore – when the word “god” was in the pledge. That’s because it wasn’t added until 1954. (The Pledge itself wasn’t even written until 1892.)

And you know what else? “God” wasn’t added out of piety or Christian values. It was added as a blow against communism; an extension of the McCarthy witch hunts.

This may surprise some of the more religious “patriots” – although it really shouldn’t, because anyone who believes in the “under god” thing so vehemently should at least have the wherewithal to look it up on Wikipedia.

Our Founding Fathers also did not mention god in the Constitution, nor the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment does, however, say “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion….” And Thomas Jefferson most certainly believed in separation of church and state.

Oh yeah, one more thing: The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a socialist.

So, my non-believing friends, next time someone tells you that “under god” is a sacred part of our Pledge, kindly inform them that we survived 178 years without it just fine.

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  5. Michael K

    Excellent piece and every sentence if factual. I’m sure your critics are arguing “how dare you think for yourself”?

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Thank you very much, Michael 🙂


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  6. Chris Qualls

    Well said! As a freethinking person living in the southern USA, not a week goes by that someone doesn’t mention how our nation should be getting back to God as our Founding Fathers intended. If I choose to argue their point and start mentioning the stands Thomas Jefferson and James Madison took concerning religion and government (they saw the consequences of the intertwining of church and state in Europe and did not want it to happen here) and point out that we are a nation of many beliefs other than Christianity and if they didn’t believe me that they should check the Harvard University Pluralism Project website, I am either given a scornful look and labeled a ‘liberal’ (I doubt many of them know the true meaning of the term; I consider myself a centrist) or I’m immediately involved in an surrealistic argument that truly reveals their skewed narrow focus of American history and thought, scientific and otherwise. They do to American history as they do their Bibles; pick and choose the parts they agree with and ignore the rest. I would go on, but I don’t want to turn this comment into a rant.
    Thanks for the lesson in real American history! Keep them coming!

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  7. Ivan

    We should be careful, here. The “united” states were not founded or united by religious people, the early colonies were (except Jamestown , which was a business venture). The states were united by a wealthy group of theists and non-theists (See Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin), and that was done to create a political nation with the power to resist the British Empire.

    The history of the world is one of a terrible confluence of religion and politics, with far-right wing protestantism, ISIL and Boko Haram being current dreadful examples. Th Vatican is not a church, it is a political and economic power structure. And religion, politics and corruption have all always gone hand in hand. The catholic church quietly approved of Hitler’s Jewish purge, the churches of south Africa stood by during apathied, the current mood in Germany is islamophobic (and politico-economic xenophobia) and white southern Baptists still oppress and murder African Americans all over the southern U.S. And “righteous” white police forces manhandle (and shoot) the black population in the rest of the country

    Religious fervor has always given way to racist and economic ideologies, and both use them as an excuse for the other. I.e., the example given here about McCarthyism using the notion of “god” to fight communism (which is an economic and political ideology). Atheists make better communists because they are unimpeded by godthink). Hell, even Quakers and the Amish squabble about money (technology) and real estate and politics, and they are supposed to the the most “god-fearing” peaceful ones. And they live in the north (except for Ohio, which is really Kentucky).

    Christopher Hitchens had it essentially right: “Religion poisons everything”. What he left out was that politicians and religious leaders depend upon one another for mutual survival and, they hope, supremacy, over everybody else. The insertion of “god” into secular public discourse and recitals is crowd control and psycho-propaganda.

    There is another essay in my head about the conjoining of economic power and fear, with crowd control, but that can wait. Thanks.

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    The text above sounds almost sarcastic, its not, I just could not understand how an otherwise progressive nation could have allowed that to happen, now it makes perfect sense.

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Thank you Niranjan, I’m happy you appreciate it! It’s amazing how fear can affect a society, isn’t it?

      The U.S. was also founded by very religious people, and unfortunately many Americans haven’t progressed very far since then.


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  9. Paulo A Franke

    Well rehearsed text, well done LFT. It is always interesting to go back to this statistical abnormality: why is the US of A the single believing outlier amongst all developed countries. One aspect worth noting is that the US does not look to be one nation, but rather one region under god. And that is the southern Bible Belt. The (non) relevance of faith in the West and in the Northeast regions shall more closely align with those of the developed world.

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Thank you Paulo! It really is interesting how entrenched the South seems to be in this “under god” nonsense. You could probably very nearly follow the old Civil War borders to find the most religious people in the country – and by default, the least tolerant of other beliefs (not to mention other races).


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