To those of you not living in the US, you can have a laugh at how our pledge of loyalty to our country (kindof) violates our first amendment. The pledge itself was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. It didn't contain the words "under God" or even "the United States of America." Back in 1954, when the Red Menace was all anyone talked about, Eisenhower told Congress to add "under God" to our pledge. This was done to separate ourselves from the godless communists and show our moral superiority - and also was horribly unconstitutional. It changed the meaning of our pledge from "We're unified as a country!" to "We're all monotheists unified as a country!" In the previous decade, a circuit court declared that Congress messed up by doing this. Congress' response then, as well as the President's, was a resounding "This is ridiculous." They disagreed with the findings of the court, in spite of its accuracy - though I do agree it was ridiculous that a court spent time deciding this. It's ridiculous because when reciting the pledge, you don't have to say "under God." Hell, you don't even have to recite the pledge if you don't want to. Under this technicality, it's not unconstitutional for that short phrase to exist in the pledge simply because we're free to not say it. This post is helping me vent my frustration on how people deliver the message I quoted in the title. It happens far too often on facebook; just today my mother-in-law said people who disagree with saying "under God" should leave, because that's how the pledge has always been. In light of the pledge "always having been" like this for the past 60 years, I say "Nope." EDIT: Had to clarify some dyslexia. It's 1892, not 1982.