The United States as of 1953

From YouTube user Evid3nc3:

Sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder that though we all take for granted that “In God We Trust” is our national motto, inscribed on our currency and “under God” is part of the pledge of allegiance that many school children and military service members repeat routinely, such was not always the case.

In God We Trust supplanted the more noble E Pluribus Unum and “under God” was the last addition to the already modified pledge first proposed by Christian socialist Francis Bellamy:

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

I’d also note that the pledge used to said with the Bellamy salute, which was ended during World War II for obvious reasons.

While I do think this fact undermines the notion that God was originally a theme of our nation’s government, it should be noted that atheism is more popular now than any other time in our nation’s history and so while it would be nice to turn to clock back on these patriotic phrasings, the reasons for doing so would rest more in the present than in our nation’s traditions.


About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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