I am not alone! I learned this from Facebook. This year I found thousands of friends that feel about governance and the world the same way I do. We live in the world (for the most part) that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama talked about – the vision they have, and we share, for the future.
What did I think/fear on November 5, 2012? That perhaps those that held this vision of the future were limited in number and would never have any power to make this vision a reality. That while I might not be alone, my peeps were without power or voice. That somehow the US was driving itself full speed toward a theocracy, toward hatred, toward fantasy-based decision making, toward the 1800s (or before), toward lack of caring and compassion, and toward a vision that I find depressingly unjust and base.
Secular Woman mobilized to such an incredible response that it was overwhelming. Both from a people LOVE our baby perspective and a time perspective. Remember there are ONLY four volunteers; all with other responsibilities. It is only now that some of us are able to even consider doing more.
Brandon Europe (@brendant79) recently asked me, via twitter: “would you think a state where religion was banned was going 2 far?” I said I’d have to think about.
Here is my short response: Depends!
The Pledge of Allegiance (in its current incarnation) is a source of religious apartheid. It is prevalent throughout the United States, public schools, and at all levels of government. The Pledge is used to indoctrinate children into Christianity via our PUBLIC school system.
The original Pledge did not include “under God” and was adopted by Congress in 1942. Over the years, there have been several changes to the Pledge. The first was a result of Louis A. Bowman (receiving an award from the Daughters of the American Revolution) and others; culminating in 1954 with the addition of “under God”.
The seventh Guiding Principle is, “America’s youth shall never be subjected to religious bias in education. If there is one penny of government funds involved, there must not be one iota of religious bias or propaganda.”
It is appalling that we set aside science for 2000-year-old stories. It is worse that some teach this to their children. It is unconscionable that some want to teach everyone’s children this gobbledygook.