Should patriots love the Pledge of Allegiance?

posted by
July 5, 2011
Independent Institute
by Anthony Gregory  
Posted in Commentary

"Liberals have long criticized the Pledge, especially its phrase, 'under God.' Conservatives treat the pledge as sacred and condemn any attempts to alter the practice. Most forget the Pledge’s origins. Leftists might take pride in the pledge, and many do, but those who cherish individual liberty should be much more skeptical. It was a socialist, Francis Bellamy, who authored the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892. The goal was to inculcate immigrants and children in the civic religion of nationalism, to unify the classes, and to promote the state above the individual." (07/01/11)  

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