God and Country

Posted on March 27, 2011

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God

 

When I started this Blog I stated that some of the Posts on here will be my opinion. This is one of them.

I am a firm believer on God Almighty and in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I don’t hide my faith from anyone. I am not a Church going person but that does not mean I am a non-believer. I believe all religions are good. We all believe in one God no matter what we call him. You can find fanatical people in every religious group.

I won’t say “I don’t care if you believe in God or not”. I do care. I will not force feed you my beliefs. All I can say is that anyone who can look at the human body and not realize that it took something more than a “Big Bang” to create it deserves to have their own theory. Anyone who thinks man is an evolution of the Ape should go and get to know their relatives a little better.

My father taught his children to believe in God. We went to church (Catholic) almost every Sunday. My mother never attended church but she to believed in God. God is Great and we are Good.

Country

My country is America. I love my country and will do what ever I can to defend it. My father raised his children to be non-prejudicial. He also raised us to love our country and to respect our veterans.

One way to show our Love and Pride in America was to stand tall and proud every morning in school and say the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge I would say was “I pledge allegiance, to the Flag, of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all”. A lot of people want to take the words “under God” out of the Pledge. In fact, in 2002 a Judge in California ruled the words as Unconstitutional. Since the Pledge is not a prayer it is not illegal. So I decided to look at the history of the Pledge of Allegiance to know for sure just what it was.

Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, wrote the Pledge in 1892. He wrote it in hopes that it would be used by all nations. How could all nations use it? Well, here is the original Pledge of Allegiance as he wrote it: I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. It was written so all people could be proud of Their Flag and Their Country.

In 1932, the words “of the United States of America” were added to the Pledge. This made a version of the Pledge “Ours”. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, encouraged the Congress to add the words “Under God”. Congress passed a measure doing so. Why did Ike want those words added? He wanted us to get back to our founding fathers beliefs. Our nation was founded on religious freedom. The words “under god” does not support any religion but all religions instead.

Originally, when the Pledge started a “Hand Salute” was rendered (with the right hand) and after the words “to my flag” the right hand would be extended towards the flag. This looked too much like the Nazi Salute and after WWII it was changed to “placing the hand over the heart” from the beginning to the end.

 We, the people, should stand tall and proud. Our country is great. Anyone who does not think so or who opposes the new Pledge should move to another country. Why should we, the majority, always have to submit to the minority? Let us stand up and say enough is enough. This is Our Pledge.

*most of the information and the Pledge of Allegiance came from the website ushistory.org

To listen to a great rendition and explanation of the Pledge of Allegiance go to

www.poofcat.com/july.html. This is the famous rendition of the Pledge of the late great Red Skelton.

 

 

 

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