Monday, September 1, 2008

Good Point

McCain's VP pick answered a questionnaire during her gubernatorial campaign in Alaska. You can find the whole thing here.

One of her answers was of particular interest to me.

11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

Interesting that she chose to phrase it that way.

The founding fathers didn't have a Pledge of Allegiance. It was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who was a Baptist minister. Incredibly enough, it didn't say anything about God in its first draft. The "under God" bit was added in 1954 after several failed attempts to get it in earlier.

God, in fact, is very specifically not mentioned in the Constitution and it's very unlikely that, had the founding fathers been around when the Pledge was created, that they would have added "under God" on their own.

So I suppose the question to ask her, when she mentions the founding fathers in defense of our altered Pledge of Allegiance, is what, exactly, she's talking about. The fact is, they really have nothing to do with anything.

The entire argument is simple enough. Would it be acceptable to these people to have "under no God" in the Pledge if the majority of the nation was composed of atheists? An answer in the negative is bigoted, an answer in the affirmative shows a very strange interpretation of truth and the role of the majority government.


Lirri said...

Hehehe! Yes, Sarah Palin is a tad religious. And the funny thing (and possibly a post down the road) is that I've heard so many Alaskan Republicans (or previous Alaskans) say that Bristol being pregnant, and the baby having Down's Syndrome, just causes her to be more like the average American. However, I think this is very hypocritical of Republicans, because if it were a Democratic candidate's children, the Republicans would be ripping the Democrat up one side and down the other. I've talked with a (Republican and religious) friend about this, and she agreed with me 100%. That's scary.

Q said...

Heh, I'm unsurprised at this display of ignorance surrounding the views of the founding fathers.

It always amazes me how many people think that our country, founded SPECIFICALLY to not be religion-centric MUST have been founded by staunch christians like themselves.

People believe what they want to be true.