Re: Ch. 9 - Onward, Christian Soldiers
I found it interesting that the author of the pledge was a Baptist socialist for separation of church and state. Jacoby is right when she says that, "...he would surely have been horrified by the addition of "under God"...". For those of you, like me, who like to have facts at your fingertips, here are a few about the pledge that I learned from this chapter:
1. It was written by Francis Bellamy, a man for separation of church and state.
2. It was written in 1892.
3. The words, "under God" were added in 1954.
4. The NEA supported the idea of a pledge recited in schools as a way to highlight unity.
BTW- Schools down here are still reciting the pledge with the words, "under God".