Friendly Atheist Patheos – Grand Valley State University dumps the Pledge of Allegiance tradition. The student government at Grand Valley State University in Michigan is the latest group to do away with the useless tradition of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings. On Thursdays, the Student Senate voted to get rid of it with a 22-10 vote. There were 10 abstentions. The reason? The Pledge does more harm than good. Oh really?
Those petitioning the removal of the pledge argued it’s not inclusive to international students and non-religious or non-Christian students, according to Student Senate spokesperson Ryan Fritz. “A lot of students didn’t feel comfortable with the ‘under God’ aspect of the pledge,” the political science and communications senior said, adding that the student senate pushes for inclusion and equity. And what of those who disagree – this is equity and inclusion?
We can go beyond that. We don’t really have “liberty and justice for all” in this country, so why lie about it? The Pledge was written to promote anti-immigrant sentiment. What utter nonsense – it says nothing at all about immigration, rather about those who seek to eliminate it and their Marxist leanings. The list goes on. If the end goal is some kind of patriotic unity, then the students can achieve it in more meaningful ways. How? By besmirching those that came before you?
Dorian Thompson, a political science senior and student senator, called the situation a “disgrace.” Thompson added that he would request the reinstatement of the Pledge at all future meetings. Presumably, because there’s nothing useful, he could be doing there instead. Ah well. Let him make the motion. I don’t mind seeing student leaders vote against the Pledge month after month. Traitors to America? Who is teaching these kids and what are their allegiances?
The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States is an expression of allegiance to the flag of the United States. Such a pledge was first composed, with a text different from the one used at present, by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War and later a teacher of patriotism in New York City schools. The form of the pledge used today was largely devised by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress as the pledge in 1942. The official name of The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945. The most recent alteration of its wording came on Flag Day in 1954, when the words “under God” were added. It reads as follows:
“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.”
The United States Flag Code says: The pledge should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform, men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute. Members of the Armed Forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform.
We have a few questions for the students of Grand Valley State University. Just where does your allegiances lie? And don’t say you don’t have any allegiances – you just may not know to whom. Ok, I get it, you may not believe in “god.” And no nation is perfect. But will you kneel and besmirch those that came before you, that built the country that you enjoy today? Don’t like America – are there really that many better alternatives? When the time comes, will you stand and defend America?
The only thing one can say is – if you won’t stand and defend your liberties, prepare to lose them.