Pledge of Allegiance: change "one Nation, under God" to "one Nation, of many people"
In 1954 President Eisenhower signed into law the addition of "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. Since then, constitutionalists have filed one challenge after another on the grounds of separation of church and state, only to see each founder in the courts of law and of public opinion.
Let's be clear here: right or wrong, the combined force of religion and patriotism is too strong for abstract constitutional principles to win on its own.
But what if the constitutionalists could seize the mantle of patriotism for itself? After all, is our faith - which we inherited from the British - truly what makes America exceptional? Or is there something even more American than god?
How about the American people themselves: from scholarly founding fathers to poor huddled masses - 300 million of us spanning all stripes of politics, race, religion and nationality. As the dollar says, e pluribus unum: from many people, one national identity. The paradoxical unity born of our fragmentation.
So let's revise the pledge of allegiance to recognize our true source of greatness:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, of many people, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
A simultaneous celebration of American secularism, diversity and exceptionalism.
Let's change the pledge of allegiance as follows: from "one Nation, under God" to "one Nation, of many people"
A simultaneous celebration of American diversity and exceptionalism.
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