Recently I learned of a high school principal who decided to implement a new policy at her school. After a prolong period of time breaking state law by refusing to administer the pledge of allegiance at East High School in Madison, Wisconsin, she revised the national anthem to remove the word God – that is, she tried to get her students to say, “… one
nation under peace…” a chilling departure from the official rendition. From 1892 until 1954 there had been several renditions of the Pledge but on “…Flag Day, June 14, 1954 today’s present version became the law of the land. President Eisenhower stated “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty…. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.” A joint resolution of Congress amended §4 of the Flag Code.
Our collected sensibilities have been so traumatized since the arrival of Mr. Obama in Washington five years ago that traditional and patriotic Americans seem resigned to stagger threw another round of assaults on the American way of life – a way of life that has been the envy of the world for generations. This principal needs to hear from all of us that her attempt to white wash OUR national anthem is a step too far. The anthem is the product of a Presbyterian minister Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist and brother of über socialist writer Edward Bellamy, author of Looking Backward: 2000-1887. It is one of the finest books on utopian societies and it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to all Americans because it highlights our best impulses while ignoring the greed that is part of all of us. Yet, both Francis and brother Edward believed in America and certainly believed in the role of Providence.
What follows is my letter to Principal Kelley requesting that she follow the law of the land and leave her socialist agenda at the schoolhouse door. I suggest that all of my readers also write to East High School by the postal system or by email.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Ms. Mary Kelley, Principal
EAST HIGH SCHOOL
Dear Principal Kelley:
I was alarmed to read that you had instituted a truncated version of the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited at your school after months of having no pledge in the morning at all. Your abridged version of course removes the word God and replaces it with “One nation under Peace”, to satisfy either your own sensibilities or that of a powerful minority in your community.
Madame Principal let me introduce you to one of American’s founding dynamos, Virginian Delegate to the Virginia state convention of 1775: Patrick Henry.
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Unfortunately, Madison, Wisconsin has development a richly deserved reputation as being the epicenter of political correctness and intolerance, even besting UC Berkeley and Columbia University in Manhattan.
To take the active step of taking God from the Pledge of Allegiance is disturbing to put it mildly – indeed as a member of a pioneer family to Connecticut in 1637, I have been imbued with the history of public education being forged to teach young American children to read the Holy Bible. Indeed, our laws and customs as Americans are based upon the Christian Bible, but you know this so the question remains why inflict your views on the City of Madison, the State of Wisconsin, and the United States as a whole considering that all three entities are funding your budget and your paycheck. More than 90% of Americans believe in God, now that seems like a super majority to me.
In my estimation your actions are not brave nor bold but rather churlish and silly. You act by fiat rather than going to the people of Wisconsin. Were you afraid of the public’s predictable reaction to this outrage Madame?
The Los Angeles Times reported in the summer of 2012 on the issue of removing God from the public square: “In a rare moment of actual convention drama, Democratic officials reinserted language back into their official platform Wednesday evening that invokes God and affirms the role of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, trying to defuse Republican attacks over the party’s stances.But the maneuver may have backfired, infuriating delegates who objected to the changes.The new amendments were put to a vote by convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, who was forced to call for three voice votes in an effort to pass the changes…‘I, uh, I guess I’ll do that one more time,’ Villaraigosa said after a second vote of delegates in the Time Warner Cable Arena resulted equally loud ‘ayes’ and ‘nos’…‘After a third attempt, Villaraigosa declared that the amendments had passed”
So the question still remains nearly two years later what was more appalling, that a major American political party voted to remove God from their ideals or that they lied about a revote in order to gain political cover?
God through his son Jesus is benevolent, tolerant and forgiving – but he does not react well to being denied and to being used as some type of political chip. Ms. Kelley, I recommend some serious soul searching on your part. Hopefully, that will result in you putting God back in the life of your school and most importantly back into your heart.