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I read something today on Facebook that just rubbed me the wrong way.

I’m an American.  I’m even a Christian but what I am not is someone who likes to shove my beliefs down other people’s throats.

If you don’t believe in God, or my God then that doesn’t make you any less of an American than I am.  It just means you have a different religious belief than me.

If you don’t respect MY God, it doesn’t mean you aren’t an American, it just means you have your own beliefs and that to me is what American was founded on, religious tolerance.  How did these so called “Good Christians” forget the part about religious tolerance when they are on their soap box about what a good American should be?

What got me on my rampage about religious tolerance?  In a post 9-11 world there always seems to be some sort of post on Facebook from those high and mighty good Christians about how you need to think to be a real American.  Here is the post I seen today that really just put a bee in my bonnet.

Everybody, let’s do this (and NBC – this one’s for you!) … We should flood Facebook with this …. “I pledge allegiance ot 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”.  RE-POST IF YOU THINK GOD, OUR COUNTRY, OUR FLAG, AND OUR MILITARY DESERVE RESPECT!!!! ….. Let’s just see how many AMERICANS will repost.

The irony of this post is this person wants to get on their soap box about the use of GOD in the pledge of allegiance, but what about the other word just after that “Liberty”.  People love to talk about how our country is all “under God” but what about the part where we pledge liberty and justice for all?

Liberty for those who don’t know means, the right to choose: the freedom to think or act without being constrained by necessity or force.

Isn’t the pledge of liberty just as important or more so than pledging to have an entire nation under God?
I mean that could mean anything.  It doesn’t say MY God or whose God.  So just because someone doesn’t have the same beliefs as you, doesn’t mean they aren’t an American.  Because they have the same rights to believe what they want as you do, with their God.

I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of people implying I’m not American if I don’t believe what they believe.  And what the hell does any of that have to do with respecting for our men at arms?  These people are such disgusting hypocrites it just makes me sick.

Being a real American is about the freedom to have your own thoughts and not try and force yours down our throats.   So please do everyone a favor already and shut the hell up!

American Flag

Speaking of the pledge of allegiance, here is the history of it.  It’s actually very interesting.

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.

“I pledge allegiance” (I promise to be true)

“to the flag” (to the symbol of our country)

“of the United States of America” (each state that has joined to make our country)

“and to the Republic” (a republic is a country where the people choose others to make laws for them — the government is “of, by and for” the people)

“for which it stands,” (the flag means the country)

“one nation” (a single country)

“under God,” (the people believe in a supreme being)

“indivisible,” (the country cannot be split into parts)

“with Liberty and Justice” (with freedom and fairness)

“for all.” (for each person in the country…you and me!)

The pledge says you are promising to be true to the United States of America!

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy. It was first given wide publicity through the official program of the National Public Schools Celebration of Columbus Day, which was printed in The Youth’s Companion of September 8, 1892, and at the same time sent out in leaflet form to schools throughout the country. School children first recited the Pledge of Allegiance this way:

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

“The flag of the United States” replaced the words “my Flag” in 1923 because some foreign-born people might have in mind the flag of the country of their birth instead of the United States flag. A year later, “of America” was added after “United States.”

No form of the Pledge received official recognition by Congress until June 22, 1942, when the Pledge was formally included in the U.S. Flag Code. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The last change in language came on Flag Day 1954, when Congress passed a law, which added the words “under God” after “one nation.”

Originally, the pledge was said with the right hand in the so-called “Bellamy Salute,” with the right hand resting first outward from the chest, then the arm extending out from the body. Once Hitler came to power in Europe, some Americans were concerned that this position of the arm and hand resembled the Nazi or Fascist salute. In 1942 Congress also established the current practice of rendering the pledge with the right hand over the heart.

The Flag Code specifies that any future changes to the pledge would have to be with the consent of the President.

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

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