I was born on June 14, 1777.
I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth. I am the inspiration for which American patriots gave their lives and fortunes.
My red stripes symbolize blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation. My white stripes signify the burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons and daughters. My blue field is indicative of God's heaven under which I fly. My stars clustered together, unify 50 states as one for God and country.
I walk in silence with each of your honored dead to their final resting place beneath the silent white crosses, row upon row.
"Old Glory" is my nickname and proudly I wave on high. Never let my enemies tear me down from my lofty position.
I shall remain the peace and freedom for all mankind. I am your flag.
Happy Fourth of July.
Recently an appeals court ruled that the pledge of allegiance was unconstitutional because it contained the interpolation "under God."
Predictably nearly all of the reaction was based on emotion, knee-jerk reactions and hysteria. What is needed now is some reflective, analytical thinking.
To be considered now is that the separation of religious ideas from our secular government has served Americans very well for over 200 years. In the history of Western Civilization the entanglements of religion with governments has resulted in bloodshed of unimaginable proportions.
Our Founding Fathers understood this well and launched a nation in which there was to be no endorsement of religion by government.We have thrived like no other country with this constitutional provision.
The interpolation "under god" was added in the Eisenhower administration during the hysteria of a perceived threat from "the godless Communist menace." Now claims are being made that "under god" is not a religious endorsement. Yet if one can believe President Dwight Eisenhower, who signed the bill that added "under God" to the Pledge, that is precisely what altering the oath was meant to accomplish. "In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future," Eisenhower announced at the time (Columbus Dispatch, 6/28/02).
"From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and every rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty."
Eisenhower was entitled to his personal views, but as President of the USA his remarks were, and are, entirely inappropriate and ill advised as it is in contradiction to our time tested principle of governmental non-endorsement of religious bias or preference.
On constitutional grounds the appeals court was entirely justified in its decision.
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