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Resolution honoring Pledge of Allegiance moves

Posted: March 14, 2014 - 12:12am

JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate State Affairs Committee moved a resolution calling for June 14 to be recognized as the 60th anniversary for the use of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen. John Coghill of North Pole, says the phrase “under God” was formally read into the congressional record on June 14, 1954. It was written earlier into the pledge on Feb. 10, 1954.

Coghill says he became aware of the anniversary too late to act on the February anniversary date and so adjusted his resolution to honor the first reading of the current pledge.

Coghill says 39 states have passed similar resolutions honoring the February date.

The resolution moves to the Senate Rules Committee.

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Kevin Nye 03/14/14 - 07:33 am
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Good for you Coghill, and good for us.

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Tom Leston 03/14/14 - 08:26 am
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Cold War propaganda

"Straight from the "Stuff Government Actually Does" file, we give you today's meeting of the House State Government Committee, where your tax dollars will be used to vote on a resolution honoring the 60th anniversary of some words in the Pledge of Allegiance that were originally added during the Cold War to scare the Commies."

"Putting aside, for a moment, that not everyone in our fair land is Judeo or Christian, we've always been under the impression that, rather than meddling in stuff best left to Sunday School teachers, it was the policy of the House to pass budgets, crucial bridge-renamings and legislation that needlessly fills our prisons with low-level drug offenders.

As a refresher, the words "under God" were added to the pledge in 1954 during the Eisenhower administration to signal that we were different -- and, one presumes, better -- than the Soviets who were tap-dancing across Eastern Europe at the time.

It might also interest readers to know that the daughter of Francis Bellamy, the Socialist minister who wrote the Pledge in 1892, actually objected to her father's words [again] being altered for political purposes.

Bellamy's pledge language originally read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

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