Monday, June 20, 2011

Twilight Coincidence? NBC apologizes for cutting “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance before U.S. Open - The Early Lead - The Washington Post

“When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” — Sinclair Lewis

Every now and then, the issue of the words "one nation, under God"  in the pledge of allegiance comes up, and it's then we get to see the fascist responses of the fanatics. The latest:NBC apologizes for cutting “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance before U.S. Open. Interesting, because the words "under God" was omitted, then NBC issues an apology in a passive aggressive move. Yet what seems like a passive aggressive action by apologizing to appease, and an innocent omission by leaving the words out in the first place, is a calculated action.

Coincidentally, this issue has come up again in my own city, where Mike Clark, a local councilman wants to make sure the city council opens its meetings with reciting the pledge of allegiance:
If Oregon legislators and schoolchildren routinely recite the Pledge of Allegiance, Eugene City Councilor Mike Clark says the City Council should, too.
Clark will ask his seven council colleagues and Mayor Kitty Piercy on June 20 to consider saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of their twice-monthly meetings in the council chamber.
“I always wondered why we don’t do it,” said Clark, who was first elected to the council in 2006. “Our example does matter.
“We should be setting the kind of example that respects our flag and our country.”
Letters to the editor have been pouring in, with people on both side of the issue of course. Lots of convoluted self-righteousness rantings about America being founded on Christian principles, and the disingenuous bullshit that "God" isn't specific, just general and can mean any God. That last one is utter nonsense of course; let's just see how those who insist keeping "under God" in the pledge is a good thing if we replaced them with "under Gaia," or some such.

The earth's ills, which are our ills, are not going to be healed because we keep the words "under God" in the pledge (which, for those who are willfully ignorant, were added to the pledge in 1954... Google it for Christ's sakes) or pass a law the city council has to say the pledge before every meeting.

While I am adamantly against the words "under God" in the pledge, as well as mandates that the pledge be said in classrooms, etc. I'm not on the uber-skeptic/Libertarian side either. I "believe" in a supreme consciousness/intelligent design/what the fuck ever. It's just not wrapped up in a flag hanging on a cross.

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