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A God-less Pledge? God Forbid!

An appeal to the High Court to leave the Lord alone.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 20, 2004

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A God-less Pledge? God Forbid! _Greg Asimakoupoulos-An appeal to the High Court to leave the Lord alone If not "under God," then whom are we under?
If He's not in charge, then who is? I wonder.
A phrase on our money declares Whom we trust.
Is it just a slogan corroded with rust?
Though now it is lawful to sing Irving's song,
will "God Bless America" soon be deemed wrong?
Yet are we one nation except under Him?
To make such a claim is an ungrounded whim.
Because all our framers were mindful of God,
to absent Him fully is treasonous fraud.
The woman who raises a torch in her hand
stands ready to welcome the world to our land.
But God is not welcome. There's no room, it seems,
for Him who gave rise to America's dream.
How dare we be God-less. How foolish indeed,
when He is the reason our nation was freed.
The Pledge without God's name is best left unsaid.
To say it without Him suggests He is dead.
And so I'm appealing to those gowned in black
that our Pledge of Allegiance be maintained intact.

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Everett Wilson from Chetek, Wisconsin writes:
March 2, 2004
I'm not with you on this one, Greg, though I'm still in your fan club. Your word-study poem on The Passion is wonderful.

The words under God were added to the pledge when I was a freshman in college, 1954, which means that the Pledge did without them for more history than it has had them. Tens of millions of living Americans learned the Pledge without them - that is, everybody over sixty or so.

For me at eighteen the phrase sounded phony, besides throwing off the rhythm of one nation indivisible. I still have to think to include it when I'm reciting the pledge.

In those days such superficial pieties mattered to civil-religion liberals more than they did to us fundamentalists, who might have asked, Where's the Blood? Where's the Holy Ghost? What does it have to do with salvation or the second coming? Now the fundamentalists - not including me - care about superficial pieties and the civil-religion liberals have joined the ACLU.

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