The School Next Door Deletes ‘Under God’ from Pledge

Barb Wire

Right next door to me there is a public grade school with a loud and intrusive PA system. We get to listen to all the school’s announcements, all day long.

Each morning they put a child on the microphone to lead the others in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Today, and not for the first time, the words “under God” were missing: just “one nation, indivisible,” etc.

I don’t think we need to look much farther for a reason why our country is in the state it’s in.

There was no court order, no legislation, no demand by the townsfolk to strike “under God” from the pledge. “School officials,” whoever they might be, took it upon themselves to do so. Because, you know, children must be protected from the God who created them and sent His only begotten Son to earth to win for them eternal life.

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I guess God isn’t “inclusive.”

So now the kiddies learn to say “one nation”… under what? Under nothing? Nobody? That would leave the nation–the state–as the supreme authority. We have no king but Caesar.

Is it too late to warn the educators, “Be careful what you wish for”? Maybe if you’ve got a thing for talking to fire hydrants, or preaching to chunks of cement, you might want to discuss this matter with school officials.

I say again: Christian parents who wish to raise Christian children don’t send their children to a public school.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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