God has no place in the Pledge of Allegiance
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Dear Editor:

It appears that Pepsi-Cola has designed a new “Patriotic” soda can. Besides depicting images on the can of landmarks identified with America, they decided to also reprint the Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag in its 1924 form.  However, there are those who find it offensive by not including the most recent revision.

Francis Bellamy, while preparing a Columbus Day celebration for a school program, penned the original Pledge of Allegiance to the flag in 1892.  It remained as such until 1924 at which time one minor adjustment was implemented. 

The only change to the original was the section, “to my flag” which was elaborated to read, “to the flag of the United States of America”.  There was no distortion to the original meaning and intent.  In fact the singular addition Francis Bellamy had originally wanted to include was the word “equality,” but he did not..

30 years later in 1954 Congress acquiesced to the campaigning of the Knights of Columbus and tacked on the “under God” proviso.  Ironic, how Columbus is interwoven with the pledge.  On Columbus Day in 1892 the magnanimous secular patriotic oath for all Americans is composed and 62 years later the Knights of Columbus see fit to confine it to only those who agree with their belief in a deity.  

Francis Bellamy was a Baptist minister.  If he thought “under God” was relevant to one’s love of country, he certainly would have included it in his pledge.

I personally feel that Pepsi's choice of the 1924 version is the all inclusive pledge that applies to all Americans.  I also feel that “under God” is no more appropriate for inclusion in the pledge to our flag than it is to distort the Lords Prayer to read, “Our Father who art in heaven under the flag of the United States of America, hallowed be thy name.”

Separation of church and state is an important foundation of our country, our secular country.  One need only look at the predominantly theocratic environment of those countries in which we are presently and unfortunately, militarily involved to realize the dangers of unifying the two.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Zizelis

Bayside

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