Thursday, June 27, 2002
The Pledge

A long time ago, when I was in prep school, several of us figured out how to say the Pledge of Allegience without using the words "under God". When you get to that part, you don't say it.

I haven't had time to read much commentary on this matter, but all I can say is good effing grief. There has to be some constitutionally-protected way to let the vast supermajority who believe in God have their belief without getting all pissy about it if you don't believe. To me, the Pledge was clearly a better instrument of completely appropriate civic indoctrination before the introduction of "under God," but having the "under God" there has it's utility in teaching free thinking simultaneously with civic indoctrination.