Why Do We Pledge Allegiance? By Dean A. Banks, D.d.

Why does the United States have a Pledge of Allegiance? Is it really necessary? Or must we publicly declare our allegiance out of fear of suspicion from others?

I remember from my days in elementary school that we started our day pledging allegiance to our flag. We didn’t know what it meant but had to do it anyway. Each and every day we recited these words without meaning until they became a part of whom and what we are. Some took it to heart and others just said it by rote.

But what does it truly mean? Is it necessary to vocally pledge our loyalty to our country? What good are the words if we don’t know their meaning and we don’t even care why we are saying it?

Besides, it isn’t the flag we are pledging allegiance to, it is what it represents.

Following is The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "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."

Are we truly a United States? Hardly. Are we a Republic? Definitely. Are we one nation under God? Whose God? The Christian God? Are we indivisible? Ask the secessionists. Do we have liberty and justice for all? Or just the lily white land owners?

The Bill of Rights protects us from being ‘forcibly’ told to comply with ANY nationalistic agenda. When it was originally written it only applied to white male land owners; not African Americans and women! It was a way of ensuring their dominion over anyone else.

Forcing students to say the

Pledge of Allegiance is violating our individual rights that we all now claim in the Bill of Rights. There's nothing wrong with 'offering' students the CHOICE to say TPOA. Forcing this upon them violates the very Bill of Rights that prevents this kind of nationalistic HORSEPATTOEY!

In regard to the nationalistic push of the Right against the patriotism of the Left, one of my Facebook readers made this statement: “The Right may remain ignorant, but it is the Left which appears blind.” Appearances are deceptive; since when does respecting others and helping out your neighbor to assert their Constitutional rights become a left-right issue?

When we all pledge allegiance to the Spirit of God within each and every one of us, our world will become the Kingdom of God here on the Earth. Perhaps we should rewrite The Pledge of Allegiance to include EVERYONE on this planet and live according to its principles?

Following is a rewrite that seems more appropriate than a nationalistic agenda: “I pledge allegiance to the Divine Infinite Spirit within, and to the Divine love that the Divine expresses into all of life, one People expressing Divine love, indivisible in Divine Oneness, with peace, understanding, joy and Divine love for all!” 

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