The Pledge of Allegiance

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by danny3861, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member

    As many of you have heard, in a 2-1 decision, the 9th
    U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States said the phrase "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance amounts to a government endorsement of religion and is in violation of the separation of church and state as set forth by the U.S. Constitution. There has been wide
    spread public outcry to this ruling. Today, the United States Supreme Court is hearing this case. Therefore, I thought I would resend this piece by Red Skelton.

    In 1969, Red Skelton gave his personal view of the Pledge of Allegiance.
    The statement he made at the end, I think, tells it all.


    From THE RED SKELTON HOUR, CBS TV, January 14, 1969
    COPYRIGHT 1969 RICHARD RED SKELTON

    Red Skelton, one of America's best loved Comedians and star of Motion
    Pictures, Radio and Television, was also a true Patriot. A man who
    loved his Country, its Flag and the Freedom America stood for. On January 14, 1969, Red touched the hearts of millions of Americans with his "Pledge Of Allegiance," in which he explained the meaning of each and every word. Red's "Pledge" was twice read into the Congressional Record of the United States and received numerous awards.

    RED SKELTON: "I remember this one teacher. To me, he was the greatest teacher, a real sage of my time. He had such wisdom. We were all reciting the Pledge Of Allegiance and he walked over. Mr. Lasswell was his name...He said, 'I've been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge Of Allegiance all semester and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you. If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:

    I - me, an individual, a committee of one.

    Pledge - dedicate all my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

    Allegiance - My love and my devotion.

    To the Flag - our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect because your loyalty has given her a dignitythat shouts freedom is everybody's job.

    Of the United - that means that we have all come together.

    States - individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that's love for country.

    Of America. And to the Republic - a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

    For which is stands. One nation - meaning, so blessed by God.

    Indivisible - incapable of being divided.

    With Liberty - which is freedom and the right of power to live one's own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.

    And Justice - The principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.

    For all - which means it's as much your country as it is mine.'

    "Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the Pledge Of Allegiance - 'under God.'
    Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said, 'That's a prayer' and that would be eliminated from schools too?"

    -- Red Skelton
  2. blessings

    blessings New Member

    Thank you for what you wrote about our Pledge of Alligiance.

    I had never quite heard it that way before.

    Red Skelton was right-it would be a pity if someone said, that is a prayer and would eliminate it from our Pledge and our schools.

    Perhaps they can eliminate it from being said by some, but they cannot eliminate it from our hearts. May we always acknowledge God, without fear.

    I feel a sadness when I hear how this country wants to eliminate God (as if that could be done), I think most of us want to acknowledge it in the Pledge and schools, but the enemy thinks he is winning in this.

    God will be acknowledged, we have been so blessed, this USA,
    how can we ignore such Grace without repercussion of the most awful kind?

    God have mercy on us all.

    God Bless , love, blessings
  3. LW1

    LW1 New Member

    "The only thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing"...."When they came for the jews I said nothing, as I wasnt a Jew. When they came for the Armenians I said nothing, as I wasnt Armenian. When they came for the Catholics I said nothing as I wasnt catholic. When they came for me...well what could Is say"
    I cant give credit for those quotes as I dont know who said them, however they point is not diminished because of that fact. The reason "We" are in this situation is we as Christians have been WAY too tolerant over the last 30 years and have allowed false heart evil judges (9th circuit)to MAKE laws...judges are supposed to INTEPRET the law....yet when they pen new laws into effect and We the people say nothing, then whos to blame. WE ARE, but I dont count myself in the ME as I "do", I dont sit around and complain. What are you "Do"ing?