>They hired influential ministers to give sermons that linked religion and patriotism.
Even back then they were practiced in the art of deception.
Those business leaders must have read Babbit.
...I am very uncomfortable, as I am sure all of us are, in having to say those words in the pledge.
SCOTUS in 1943 ruled that no one has to say either those words or any other part of the Pledge.
Federal appellate courts have ruled that no one has to stand while others are saying the Pledge. This issue might go to SCOTUS if other appellate courts rule differently.
Theists and other scoundrels have long pretended to own patriotism. They use it to conceal their misdeeds.
At least the "with liberty and justice for all rich straight Christian white men" part makes sense.
If you make a pledge, are you stating you are forgoing your liberty?
The only pledge I'm going to make is to preserve my virginity until . . . oh, wait.
You screwed up?
So to speak. (Not sure how the direction is relevant.)
Even though I've never been plagued by a modicum of restraint, I'm going to refrain from making a rimshot comment.
If the Repub Party wants to survive, they'll have to get a few million rich old white male immigrants and make them citizens.
They haven't succeeded so they're trying to keep minority citizens from voting,
"I pledge allegiance to the flag and to the republic for Richard Stands."
First grade 1952