The Pledge

Which of the following is more inclusive and better represents the ideals of maximum freedom as outlined in the US constitution?

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. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under the gods, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under no God or gods, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Interjects that the person must adhere to a monotheistic belief system. Interjects that the person must adhere to a polytheistic belief system. Interjects that the person must not adhere to any theistic belief system. Does not interject any presuppositions about religion. The person is free to believe whatever they want.

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The Pledge — 6 Comments

  1. From a human standpoint, the one w/o interjections is the most inclusive. The polytheistic version appeals strongly to me, however, out of pure contrarianity.

    Also, the person is not free to believe whatever they want. The pledge is after all a type of loyalty oath, and contains all the baggage that comes with those. The added God-talk is of course part of the remaining cultural baggage from the McCarthy era.

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  3. uh, it really is a nation under god. most of the ideas are from Christianity such as equality, freedom, and anti-monarchy. Most of the founding fathers were Christian, and many men thought of the new american idea as a holy thing. America realistically speaking is a nation under God. these days atheist= victimized and tolerant Christian=predjudice. apparently you must be tolerant of everything but intolerance.

  4. A brief research into history will lead one to the fact that the last pledge listed is the original pledge to the flag written, and just f.y.i. It was written by a Babtist minister who intentions were, to not make it sound like a prayer, but a pledge to a flag.

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