July 17, 2002
Which one of these pledges is dangerous for our children to recite?
“I pledge allegiance to the Earth on which I stand, one world, one people, undivided, with food, shelter 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 God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
These pledges do compete for student time, at least in St. Paul, Minnesota, and I will bet, in your hometown as well.
Beaver Lake Elementary School children say the pledge to the earth. One proud grandma told me that her six-year old had the courage to refuse to do the earth pledge; the only protester among 30 in her classroom. Way to go little girl!
It is an amazing to learn that some lawmakers believe that asking students at Beaver Lake or any other Minnesota public school to voluntarily say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag is dangerous. They fear that saying the Pledge would offend some students and that it might be a form of indoctrination.
And it is indoctrination, of course, but it is indoctrination in truth.
Understanding that America is a Republic, not a democracy, is central to American governance. And understanding that most politicians have abandoned our original forms of governance, substituting government by polls, focus groups and pop culture, helps new Americans get it right.
More important, though, is knowing that it is our reliance on God that sets America apart from all other nations. Rev. George Docherty put it this way in his 1954 Flag Day Speech: “It should be ‘one nation, indivisible, under God.’ Once ‘under God,’ then we can define what we mean by ‘liberty and justice for all.’ To omit the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance is to omit the definitive character of the American way of life.”
If public schools are forbidden to include God as they teach American history, and if Docherty is right (which any honest historian will admit), then it is understandable why lawmakers find the words “under God” objectionable. But by so doing, they deny their local community the truth about America, and that is tragic.
Forgetting the ideas that made America different is a well-known and key Marxist strategy. Marx called religion the opiate of the people. By banning God from public life, Marxist hope to force America to go sober – that is, forget God, and it is a necessary step toward totalitarian government. We have to choose between God and Caesar, and Marx preferred Caesar.
While liberals see a pledge to Momma Earth as non-threatening and even edifying, they fear Americans being too American. They fear our heritage, in fact, calling it “Euro-Centric.” To them “Earth-Centric” is a neutral idea, but believing too much like our Founding Fathers is an unacceptable bias.
The freedom for which Americans bled and died on foreign soil, for which millions of Americans became permanently maimed and homeless – the very purpose of the battle being to throw off the despotism of Marxism – depends entirely on the idea that America is one nation under God. That is not Euro-Centric, it is the truth!
Being allegiant to Momma Earth feels good, but it is deadly.
Being allegiant to “one nation under God” brings with it life, liberty and justice for all. And to it I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
To whom should Americans pledge allegiance?
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