Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Church-state watch – Nimrod Congressman and Pledge

Freshman Republican Paul Broun apparently believes he has plenty of less important things to do in the House of Representatives than attempting to indoctrinate fellow Members of Congres on how to properly recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to Broun, there should be no comma between “one nation” and “under God,” the phrase added to the pledge in 1954 to magically inoculate us against the “Red menace” of “godless Communism.” (Ignoring, of course, that there were good Christian Communists in the second chapter of Acts.)

According to history professor Matthew Dennis, the real reasoning behind Broun’s didactics is to imply that the nation is subordinate to God.

OK, instead of skipping “under God,” I’ll skip “one nation under God” if that’s the way Rep. Broun wants to play Christian Ayatollah.