This article is on why I know longer will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Let's work through the pledge to try and understand its meaning.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
This should get you thinking of the ten commandments. What do they say? In regards to this?
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
If that is not enough let us remember our roots as a country, ...a democratic republic built on freedom of dissent should not require its citizens to pledge allegiance to it.
Also, should we not remember why the pledge was instituted? Was is not in direct conflict of the above statement?
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister, a Christian socialist, and the cousin of socialist utopian novelist Edward Bellamy (1850–1898). Bellamy "viewed his Pledge as an 'inoculation' that would protect immigrants and native-born but insufficiently patriotic Americans from the 'virus' of radicalism and subversion."
Was not our country founded on "radicalism and subversion" of the British government? Do we truly want our citizens to be obeisance to the government? Which is in direct conflict to the scripture quoted above?
Let's move on to the next part of the pledge.
to the republic for which it stands
Do I want to pledge allegiance to the crooks in D.C.? Allegiance to the ungodly wars, mass slaughter of people around the world? To the oppression of people's wills in other countries, forcing them off the gold standard, and to oppress other nations through the drug war?
I agree, that a republic of freedom is good. But for which the US currently stands, I cannot and will not agree.
one nation under God
We should be a nation under God but currently we are a nation of sabbath breakers. Do the scriptures not say:
Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.
Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them; Then I will give you brain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
Let's move on to the next part.
Is this not directly contradictory to what the founders believed in?
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Is this not contrary to a people that are believe in freedom?
with liberty and justice for all.
I do desire liberty for all. I do desire justice and mercy for all. Is a highly centralized government the way to achieve this? No, and the founders were not keen on this either. Our current political system does not reflect this, and saying the pledge detracts from this important message.
Finally, having children recite the pledge is not a form of brain washing our children into believing that our current government is benevolent? Does it detract the individual from seeing the truth and create a false patriotism?
The next post I will create a new pledge to God and country.