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Francis Bellamy (1855-1931), author of the Pledge of Allegiance, was a socialist and a minister.

The original (1892):

I pledge allegiance to my flag and the Republic for which it stands-one Nation indivisible-with liberty and justice for all.

Or the next:

….In 1923, a National Flag Conference, presided over by the American Legion and the Daughters of the American Revolution, ordained that “my flag” should be changed to “the flag of the United States,” lest immigrant children be unclear just which flag they were saluting. The following year, the Flag Conference refined the phrase further, adding “of America….”

There was once a National Flag Conference? Really?

Or this one?:

….following a lobbying campaign by the Knights of Columbus-a Catholic fraternal organization-and others, Congress approved the addition of the words “under God” within the phrase “one nation indivisible.” On June 14, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill into law….

Then there’s Sarah Palin’s (r) understanding of the Pledge:

Oi vay, part 2 (September 8, 2008)

[….]

Eagle Forum Alaska

Monday, July 31, 2006

2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire

…11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

…SP [Sarah Palin]: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance

[….]

It’s interesting to note that some constitutional scholars consider a late 19th century socialist one of our founding fathers.

And then there’s this:

WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ET AL. v. BARNETTE ET AL., 319 U.S. 624 (1943).

….If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us….

A bill, introduced yesterday in the Missouri General Assembly:

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 499 [pdf]

98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE RODEN.

1060H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 171.021, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to reciting the pledge of allegiance in schools.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Section 171.021, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 171.021, to read as follows:

171.021. 1. Every school in this state which is supported in whole or in part by public moneys, during the hours while school is in session, shall display in some prominent place either upon the outside of the school building or upon a pole erected in the school yard the flag of the United States of America.

2. Every school in this state which is supported in whole or in part by public moneys shall ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America is recited in at least one scheduled class of every pupil enrolled in that school no less often than once per [week] school day. Flags for display in individual classrooms may be provided by voluntary donation by any person. No student shall be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

[emphasis in original, bold indicates new text]

That last sentence is because of what the Supreme Court ruled in 1943, in a time of war, no less.

You know, if our school children were required to recite the Bill of Rights every day we might eventually gain a body politic that would understand that there’s actually more than one amendment to the Constitution.

Previously:

Barack Obama and “The Star Spangled Banner” (October 24, 2007)

Those who ignore history are, well….stupid (October 25, 2007)

And you shall know them by their deafening silence (July 1, 2009)

Back home again in Indiana: a modest solution to our universal school funding crisis (January 1, 2012)

Once again… (December 8, 2014)