About once a year an atheist somewhere makes headlines by suggesting that the phrase “under god” be omitted from the Pledge of Allegiance. Unfailingly such appeals are met by a chorus of bitching from the pious, the uneducated and the uninformed: “What is this world coming to? These liberal atheists have no respect for history or tradition! How dare they suggest we take god out of the pledge!“
Actually, no one is suggesting that god be taken out of the pledge, merely that he never should have been inserted into it in the first place.
The original pledge was written in James B. Upham in 1892, and read as follows:
That’s it! No “god.” In fact there wasn’t even a specific mention of which flag until the Ellis Island era, when President Eisenhower worried that immigrants might misinterpret the words’ intentions as a pledge of loyalty to their original flags in the Old World, thus stalling their assimilation.