As the fabric of the United States gets markedly less Christian and more secular, evidences of the intersection of Church and State throughout America’s history will be called into question.
The United States, in addition to “The Star Spangled Banner,” the National Anthem adopted in 1814, adopted the Pledge of Allegiance which was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. When it was originally written in 1892, the Pledge of Allegiance read:
“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
If you grew up in the United States, you know that the Pledge of Allegiance has undergone a number of additions since its original version in 1892. Only 13 years after its formal adoption by the United States Congress in 1942, the final words were added to the Pledge, “under God” right after the words “one Nation.” Today, the Pledge of Allegiance reads:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Since its addition in 1954, a number of organizations of varying atheistic backgrounds have spent enormous amounts of energy, time, and money to have the deistic phrase expelled from the Pledge.
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SOURCE: Christianity Today