The Pledge of Allegiance was written for the popular kid's magazine Youth's Companion by Christian Socialist author and Baptist minister Francis Bellamy on September 7, 1892. The owners of Youth's Companion were selling flags to schools, and approached Bellamy to write the Pledge for their advertising campaign. It was marketed as a way to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus arriving in the Americas and was first published on the following day. The original wording appears as follows:
In 1923 the National Flag Conference called for the words my Flag to be changed to the Flag of the
In 1954, Republican U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy was leading the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations during the height of the Cold War anti-communist movement in the United States. Anti-communist ideology in the
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
Unfortunately this pledge does not accurately reflect many Americans who do not believe in gods, and thus it can only stand as a biased an intolerant statement.
Although the first and second pledge offers a far better alternative than the last, has anyone noticed that the pledge first aims its allegiance to a flag and only secondly to the republic? This gives some reason why the flag presents so many problems with the prosecution of flag burners and with questions of law and the freedom of expression. Such problems would not exist with by simply removing the politically convenient wording:
I pledge allegiance to the
This pledge can conform to any American whether he or she worships a god or has opted for agnosticism, atheism or unbelief.
Of course we would still perform the pledge in front of the flag, which represents the United States, but the pledge should honor only the United States, not a design on a piece of cloth.