One Nation, Indivisible
It's no secret that the United States has been fighting many wars on the home front over the past few decades. Between the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and the War on Poverty, we have seen ourselves as a Nation tested on the limits of our morality in more ways than one. But even before these battles came to the attention of our country's citizens, there was another one waging right in our own back yards. This conflict has become part of what is known as the War on Religion, or to some people, the lack thereof. I'm speaking of none other than the Pledge of Allegiance, and why the phrase “under God” should finally be removed once and for all.
In 1891, Francis Bellamy, a 37-year-old Baptist minister and author, was hired as an assistant to the editor of Youth's Companion, a children's magazine based out of Boston, Massachusetts. By 1888, the magazine had embarked on a crusade to sell American flags to schoolhouses across the United States as an incentive for purchasing subscriptions. The flag promotion slowly evolved into more than just selling magazines, and by the following year it had turned into a journey that would ultimately place American flags in every school across the United States. When Bellamy and his coworker James Upham noticed that the flags weren't selling as much as they used to, they set out to reinvent the meaning behind our beloved banner, and to revive the schoolhouse flag movement. With the approaching 400th anniversary of the day Columbus discovered the Americas, the Youth's Companion, along with help from President Benjamin Harrison, called for a celebration in schools, and this celebration was to hopefully aid in restimulating the flag movement. A salute to the flag was to be a part of the official program, and thus the Pledge Of Allegiance was born.
“I pledge allegiance to my flag and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” These are the words written...
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