"Serendipity, Jim. Your mentioning 1940 and booklover's (in the previous post) mentioning 1943.
In 1940, SCOTUS ruled that schools could expel kids who refused to pledge allegiance. America's patriots (and local governments) promptly…"
"I try to never get myself into a situation that "demands" this kind of mind control (repeating a "pledge" to anything is relinquishing your own thoughts and preferenses to another).
when it does come up I usually, at that place…"
"It means god is a dangerous element and one should be insured against his predations. I don't know if any Atheist have taken their insurance company to court asking them to prove that "god" had any hand in the damage."
"I was born in 1940 and recall saying the pledge with out the mighty sky guy's inclusion. In 1956 I was 16 and a vocal Atheist and railed aganist the change to deaf ears - still do to more deaf ears.
A more subtile change was in the opening…"
"If you want to hear me rant, just mention ceremonial deism. The courts have stated the the god in In God We Trust is so meaningless that it is not religious. Yet, citizens still use the fact the In God We Trust (IGWT) is our motto to continue the…"
"Rudy, get gods out of government?
Religion teaches people to be helpless. What will America's helpless people do? No magic wand will grow their power.
And this: judges who say IGWT isn't religious are afraid of America's BILLIONS(?)…"
"It's only illegal if it renders the money unusable.
United States Code TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE PART I - CRIMES CHAPTER 17 - COINS AND CURRENCY § 333. Mutilation of national bank obligations …"
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