To the editor of THE EAGLE:
A movement is under way to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge Of Allegiance. Courts in Massachusetts will hear the case and parties on both sides of the issue will present their own versions of the facts and as usual, the waters will be muddied.
Ironically the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is behind the argument to leave these words in the pledge and not to make any changes. The changes have already been made.
The Pledge Of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister. Here is what he wrote "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Nowhere in this are the words "under God."
For reference watch the 1945 movie "Bells Of St. Mary’s" starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. At the beginning of the movie, before entering the school building, the children recite the Pledge Of Allegiance without the words "under God." This is the way it was written by a Baptist minister and this is what it should be.
During the mid-1950s, during the height of the McCarthy era, in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America, conservative Republicans led by Charles Oakman of Michigan introduced a bill to change the pledge and Democrats, too afraid to do what is right, approved.
Let’s all contact our representatives and tell them to do what is right, bring back the original Pledge Of Allegiance.