Sharpton Omits “under God” in “Lean Forward” Spot

The New York Times, October 22, 1892 reporting on the nationwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of America's discovery

The New York Times, October 22, 1892 reporting on the nationwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of America’s discovery

The original Pledge of Allegiance along with the next step in the "Official Programme".  1892

The original Pledge of Allegiance along with the next step in the “Official Programme”. 1892

NewsBusters has reported on the newly released Lean Forward spot, in which Rev. Al Sharpton invokes the Pledge of Allegiance. Oh yeah, but he “forgot” to include “under God”. You can see the ad and read NewsBusters’ commentary here.
It’s a known fact that Lean Forward is code for Left Forward and Al Sharpton is nothing more than another in a long line of ill-informed, myopic-sighted, sparsely talented mouthpieces for a leftist organization that is methodically endangering “liberty and justice for all” by pushing its agenda to delete all references to God and Christianity in the American culture.

“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will become a nation gone under,” is how Ronald Reagan said it in 1984. Is there any question that America is fast becoming a nation going under?

Those of us who are fighting to save the idea of “one nation under God” can add Sharpton’s spot to the ongoing checklist of other Pledge-and-“under God”-specific attacks: Myrlie Evers-Williams’ inaugural invocation omitting the phrase, Massachusettes atheist group suing to remove the recitation of the Pledge in their public schools because of the phrase, a Colorado high school reciting the Pledge in Arabic, an El Cerrito City councilman’s resolution to eliminate the Pledge from city council meetings … the list goes on and on and on …

Attacks on the Pledge of Allegiance have long been the issue du jour for leftists. It’s that pesky little phrase, “under God”, that just “causes (their) skin to crawl” as one atheist complained.

But, here’s the deal: without God, there is no chance for “liberty and justice” for anyone.

Sorry to be so blunt, but it’s just the truth. It’s even documented … “We hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness…”

As the author of two books on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance, I refuse to allow the leftists to re-write the history of the Pledge. Yes, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy, was absolutely a dedicated “Christian socialist” who, along with his novelist cousin, Edward Bellamy, promoted socialism in the political, academic, and religious arenas. But, Edward died not many years after becoming a best-selling author of his influential book, Looking Backward. So, there is no way of knowing if he would have continued his quest for a socialistic America. But, Francis Bellamy did NOT … repeat, did NOT … remain a socialist as he grew and matured. Quite the contrary, he seems to have enjoyed the fruits of his capitalist labor during his career until he died in 1931.

Addressing the “God” issue in the original Pledge of Allegiance … Francis Bellamy was as much a part of planning the event surrounding its first recitation in 1892 as anyone. He had been hired at the Youth’s Companion for that exact purpose – to help plan the nationwide celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. (The Youth’s Companion first published the Pledge of Allegiance and promoted the “Schoolhouse Flag Movement” that set the stage for its recitation.)

The Official Programme sent to the half million Companion subscribers included the original Pledge of Allegiance: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.” The very next step in the program states: “Acknowledgment of God. Prayer or Scripture.” Let the record show that God has always been a part of the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, albeit not written into it until 1954.

And, doesn’t that just make sense, knowing that the vast majority of nineteenth-century Americans adhered to the Christian religion? As a matter of fact, the October 21, 1892 edition of the New York Times records that, in Boston, Psalm 145 was read aloud in its entirety by the principal of every public school to the student body. That was how Boston chose to enact its “Acknowledgment of God”. Bellamy, who lived and worked in Boston, attended the celebration in Boston.

MSN has poured millions into the Lean Forward campaign hoping to boost ratings (and ultimately topple FOX News) by getting people to “think bigger, listen closer, fight smarter, and act faster.” May I suggest that you add “learn history” to your list?


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