In the schools in which I have subbed and then taught, very few students
stand for the pledge of allegiance unless coerced to do so by their
teacher. Most of the students have either African, Latin American or
Asian ancestry. When an occasional student does stand, I ask, in a
friendly manner, if she or he can tell me of any moment in history where
the inhabitants of this land actually enjoyed "liberty and justice for
all," and beyond the words of the pledge, to show me any proof that such
was ever intended.
"Under God," was added after "One nation," while I was in school and it
was in the 50s. Before that we were apparently pagan.
> Mike Garrison wrote:
> >After the sixties, including facing American troops in the streets and
> >fighting the government, I had a real hard time (and still do) with the
> >b.s. and the "honoring" symbols, especially the Pledge of Allegiance.
> I came in late on this. Has the timing of the phrase "under God" been
> discussed. Wasn't it added later? 1950s?
> Tony Edmonds
> Ball State U.
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