Under God Devisive

Thursday's comment by Ryan Larsen, Jefferson praised God, misses the point. Bellamy, the author of the pledge, never included under God, and protested at similar divisiveness when the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution changed the words my flag to the flag of the United States of America.

The point is that McCarthian divisiveness was just as damaging in the '50s as now. Haven't we learned from that experience? It's ironic that [Bellamy] wanted to add equality (where under God now sits), but wasn't able to do so.

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, (8 September 1891, The Youth's Companion).

©2004 David Egan Evans.
Published in the 4 April 2004, Deseret News.