I just read a call to boycott Pepsi, as the blogger relates the offense, for omitting “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance so as not to be divisive. Pepsi supposedly did that when printing the phrase “one nation…indivisible…” on cans. The call came from a Christian I know. To put words in her mouth, she is probably saying that the Pledge should be recited as Congress has dictated it.
It took about ten seconds of my time to search on the words “Pepsi Pledge of Allegiance” to find that this is a rumor started about a decade ago over something Dr. Pepper may have done. The “one nation…indivisible” phrase, it would seem obvious, is what one might say in saluting the nation. “One nation, under God” is a religious observation.
Once again, though, we nonbelievers would have received the default discrimination, one that some beverage company would have tried to save the world from–sticking religion into everything–when religion was the intrusion in the first place. (I’m sure you know, but around 1954 in the communist-obsessed environment overheated by Senator Joe McCarthy and others, Congress thought they’d trip up the Commies but injecting God into the Pledge–the same environment that brought us Vietnam–because Commies wouldn’t say “under God” if it was in the Pledge. Will someone one please answer my question: Why would the Commies say the Pledge as it was? And if they were going to falsely recite the Pledge, why wouldn’t they falsely Pledge to God as well?).
That’s what it is, you know. A Pledge or acknowledgement that we recognize that the U.S. nation is under God’s charge and loyal to Him. I would venture to say that the communist threat from within has passed… so is Congress likely to remove the phrase? Congress has not only shifted Right, it has shifted even more to the Christian Right. Individually, those congressmen and senators will tell you that their first loyalty is to God… just like their radicalized Muslim brothers would.
You may be familiar with my theory of why or how the religiously affected get that way (Religion is God’s Way of Showing Us it’s a lot Earlier in Human Evolution than We Thought). If they are deceived, even if willingly, that makes ours a rough row to hoe. Everywhere that religion encroaches, once it’s there, it’s locked on. Marked territory not only to never be freed again–the religious are blind to it. It no longer is open to question. Religion gets a free ride, a pass. It is outside the questions, outside the equation of things that can be examined for fairness or equality.
That’s why it is so hard for us to gain any ground even though religion has encroached so much into are world. Blind justice may treat us fairly, but not if justice is blinded by religion. Why do they think they should be able to treat us unfairly? Well, they pay lip service to tradition, but it’s the underestimated effect religion has on the religious that they are most blind to.
If you consider civil rights laws, and rest assured that is the field where the discrimination against us lies, we are being discriminated against due to religion. The bigots among the religious say we can’t be because we have no religion.
IT’S NOT DUE TO OUR RELIGION THAT WE ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. IT IS, RATHER, BECAUSE OF THEIR RELIGION THAT THE BIGOT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST US.
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