Meaning of "Under God"
smmorris at rmi.net
Sun Mar 28 15:31:17 PST 2004
I was 14 in 1954 and had trouble making the switch. I can do it now from
long habit but the "under God" phrase never quite fit although I had no
problem with the sentiment.
At 07:23 PM 3/27/2004, Mae Kuykendall wrote:
>Mark Scarberr writes:
>"Those who cannot say it with integrity may simply omit the phrase or
>opt out completely from saying the pledge (or possibly, if a workable
>approach can be found, be permitted to say a phrase in keeping with
>That's not exactly the way I remember first grade. I remember putting
>my hand over my heart and reciting in unison with the class, which was
>being led by Mrs. Slade. I don't think it did me any harm and I am not
>exactly sure what effect it had on my feeling for the U.S., which has
>been and remains heavily sentimental. I actually wonder which year was
>the first I recited Under God--I don't recall being told the phrase was
>being added but a repressed memory is trying to emerge of reciting it
>without Under God. Does anyone recall making the transition?
>negotiating with your teacher to omit the new phrase, or recite a pledge
>of your own composition?
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