Sunday, July 13, 2008

Civics Concept: American Pledge Of Allegiance Modification

Hello All,

Today's concept is for modifying the often controversial "Under God" statement in our American pledge of Allegiance. Not by making it into further division but in making it totally inclusive.

If my American history serves me right it was under the FDR years that our American pledge of allegiance was altered. To include the now controversial portion "Under God We Trust", since America was founded as a pluralistic Christian nation.

My suggestion to make this modification is to further avoid as a proactive measure anymore civil lawsuits. Much like the one that happened in the late 1990's filed by an atheist father on behalf of his young daughter. That lawsuit against the Federal government went all the way to our Federal Supreme Court. Of course the ruling went against the plaintiff and our American Pledge of Allegiance stays as it is to this day.

My suggestion is very simple, when the person reciting the American pledge of Allegiance comes to the portion "Under God". They can utter God or any other power they uphold whether by faith or political persuasion. Be it Under: God, Goddess, Republican Party, Allah, Jesus Christ, Mohammad, Moses, etc...

It would be the full right of the citizen to choose what to respectfully utter instead of saying "God". This is as all inclusive as one can get by just modifying one word in our American pledge of allegiance. Yes, the word and importance of "God" is absolute. But that is just my personal belief and it may not be for other citizens in America.

As "Tavis Smiley" says on PBS television channel so often and I paraphrase. America has never been so multi: cultural, ethnic, and racial as it is today. Those who are atheists or agnostic can be given the liberty to utter "nothing" when they come to the word of "God".

The rest of us will declare what we hold dearest by Faith.