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  • The peculiar history of the Pledge of Allegiance

    12/23/2013 4:38:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-22-13 | Bob Greene
    On this day 71 years ago -- December 22, 1942 -- Congress got the United States out of what had turned into an unexpectedly embarrassing situation. It concerned the Pledge of Allegiance -- specifically, something called the Bellamy Salute. Most people today have likely never heard of it, but the Bellamy Salute was once a constant part of the country's life. Until 1892, there was no such thing as a Pledge of Allegiance. Daniel Sharp Ford, the owner of a magazine called Youth's Companion, was on a crusade to put American flags in every school in the country. He sensed...
  • School forced to apologize after showing students Obama campaign video that includes celebrities

    09/30/2013 10:42:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/30/13 | Staff
    A Wisconsin middle school has been forced to apologize after showing students a video produced after Barack Obama´s 2008 election that included celebrities pledging to ´be a servant to the President.´ Some parents who watched the video at an assembly at Hudson Middle School in Hudson, Wisconsin, called it propaganda and complained that it was inappropriate for young minds. The video, produced by Oprah Winfrey´s production company, includes celebrities like Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Cameron Diaz and Eva Longoria. Scroll down for video-It begins with the stars describing their pledges to do one thing to change the world. KMSP-TV
  • Pledge of Allegiance skipped, Muslim poem read at Boston school on 9/11

    09/12/2013 2:03:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/12/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    The principal of Concord Carlisle High School in Boston issued an apology Wednesday after a Muslim poem was recited over the intercom on the 12th anniversary of 9/11, and the Pledge of Allegiance was not. According to principal Peter Badalament, a “small number” of people were outraged at the poem, which was meant to promote “cross-cultural understanding,” (Skip) Mohja Kahf’s “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears,” tells a granddaughter’s account of watching her grandmother adhere to the religious Muslim custom of washing her feet five times a day
  • Atheists Exempt From Reciting Pledge of Allegiance Still Seek to Stop it at Schools

    09/04/2013 7:46:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/04/2013 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Alliance Defending Freedom and the Massachusetts Family Institute have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in response to a lawsuit from atheist students and parents who want to stop the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools – even though they are not required to participate. "The Pledge of Allegiance shouldn't be banned merely because someone who is not even required to recite it feels offended," said MFI Executive Vice President Andrew Beckwith. "The Pledge unites Americans. The court should uphold the lower court's ruling and refuse to divide Americans by silencing a voluntary exercise of patriotism just because a...
  • A pledge against allegiance to man

    07/31/2013 1:46:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | July 04, 2013 | Christopher Knight
    I can no longer, in good conscience and in keeping to my faith in God, recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. This is a choice which I have abided for nearly a year. At various times I have felt led to articulate my reasons for doing so. Indeed, this past fall a friend helped me to record a video about my decision to never again say the Pledge of Allegiance (we filmed it at Guilford Courthouse Battleground, in front of the statue of General Nathaniel Greene, for what it’s worth). Recent events...

    06/15/2013 7:52:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/13/2013 | AWR Hawkins
    A "multicultural student group" at Rocky Mountain High School recited the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on Monday, replacing "one nation under God" with "one nation under Allah." School principal Tom Lopez supported the decision to have the pledge recited in this manner, and even after an outraged public contacted the school to complain Lopez stood his ground. Lopez claims the kids weren't trying to be "un-American," but to "[accentuate] the meaning of the words as regularly spoken in English."
  • Video – Entire Audience at NJ Gun Hearing Disobeys Senators Orders, Recites Pledge

    05/18/2013 10:50:06 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 58 replies
    GunsSaveLives ^ | may 17th 2013 | GunsSaveLives
    Then in one of the best displays of civil disobedience I’ve ever seen, the entire audience recited the pledge of allegiance, while most of the lawmakers remained seated. This is one to share. Patriotism is ALIVE in America.
  • American Student Punished for Refusing to Recite Mexican Pledge

    02/27/2013 1:35:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Radio.Fox News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS. CLICK HERE TO JOIN! The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem.
  • Outrage as high school recites Pledge in Arabic saying ´One Nation Under Allah´

    01/30/2013 3:36:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/30/13 | James Nye
    Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic - replacing ´one nation under God´ with ´one nation under Allah´. Following Monday´s pledge, Principal Tom Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic. Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an
  • "Under God" Removed By Obama During Inaguration Pledge

    01/22/2013 1:15:33 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 62 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/22/13 | Aurelius
    Whoops. I'm sure the President just made a mistake and the words "under God" just happened to be missing in the pledge of allegiance. During the pledge of allegiance during the inauguration yesterday, the words "under God" were removed by the President. Introducing the President, Myrlie Evers-Williams read a flowery version of the pledge: “We now stand beneath the shadow of the nation’s capital, who’s golden dome reflects the unity and democracy of one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all...” Of course this isn't the first time that the Democratic party has removed God from their speeches. During...
  • Oregon rep salutes 'one nation under love,' lack of love results

    01/17/2013 11:19:13 AM PST · by AuntB · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | Jan. 17, 2013 | MSN
    Oregon representative Carolyn Tomei, a Democrat, says she didn't think "anyone would notice" when she came up with a revision to the Pledge of Allegiance — swapping out "one nation under God" for the groovier, if less traditional, "one nation under love." Conservative bloggers picked up on the change when Tomei led the Oregon House in reciting the pledge this week.... A spokesperson for the Oregon House Speaker downplayed the dust-up: "My hope is that this is the last time I talk about it."
  • Pledge of Allegiance complaint sends deputy to Geneva school

    01/12/2013 6:56:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/10/13 | Kate Thayer
    **SNIP** Geneva District 304 officials released a statement late Thursday morning explaining a parent used “language that is not typically heard in a school setting” in the library in front of a kindergarten class. School officials called police to “minimize the disruption,” according to the release. Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said the parent was volunteering at the school during the time afternoon kindergarten students start their day and saying the pledge. That evening, the same parent emailed school board members, administrators and some parents in the community, and also posted a message on Facebook, claiming Mill Creek students state the...
  • Fed makes new rate pledge,pumps more money into economy (More Stimulus or Bust!!)

    12/12/2012 11:02:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 12/12/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve ramped up its stimulus to the economy on Wednesday, expressing disappointment with the pace of recovery in employment as contentious U.S. budget talks heighten uncertainty about the outlook. The central bank replaced a more modest stimulus program due to expire at year-end with a fresh round of Treasury purchases that will increase its balance sheet. It committed to monthly purchases of $45 billion in Treasuries on top of the $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed bonds it started buying in September. In a surprise move, the Fed also adopted numerical thresholds for policy, a...
  • Legislator in Pennsylvania Refuses to Say the Pledge of Allegiance (Because "God" is in it)

    10/07/2012 7:11:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | 10/05/2012 | Sara Noble
    It was just a routine House State Government Committee meeting and Chairman Daryl Metcalfe asked Pennsylvania state representative, Babette Josephs, to lead the patriotic pledge. She refused because it has the word “God” in it.This is what the dingbat said: “Based on my First Amendment rights and based on the fact that I really think it’s a prayer. I don’t pray in public.” [Inquisitor] More from the Inquisitor:Josephs noted after the meeting that Congress chose to insert “under God” into the pledge when she was about 14 years old. The Democratic politician maintains that the additional wording turned the...
  • Old pledge of allegiance and national anthem Banned, New Adopted.

    09/21/2012 9:35:10 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 21, 2012 | Dan Miller
    This breaking news is brought to you by CONS (Combined Obama News Services). By Executive Order, President Obama today adopted a New Pledge of Allegiance for the Nation and made recitation of the old version unlawful. He also adopted a new and better National Anthem for us. The New Pledge of Allegiance. After much thought, President Obama made another gutsy call to advance his vision of a New Reality for America. His idea perhaps grew from a small seed planted in his fertile mind by an e-mail his beautiful First Lady sent, appropriately dated September 11, 2012, entitled "Pledge to...
  • Did DWS Prompt Giffords?

    09/07/2012 10:32:56 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 39 replies
    9/7/12 | Original buckeye
    Did anyone else hear Debbie Wasserman Schultz loudly say 'I' just before Giffords launched into her rousing Pledge of Allegiance last night?
  • CNN’s Blitzer, Morgan didn’t stand during Pledge of Allegiance, half the national anthem at RNC

    09/03/2012 4:12:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/3/12 | eff Poor
    UPDATE: CNN responds (see below) To stand or not to stand — that is the question that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Piers Morgan struggled with for all of the presentation of the colors, the Pledge of Allegiance and half of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the closing night of last week’s Republican National Convention. A recently uploaded YouTube video shows “The Situation Room” anchor and the host of “Piers Morgan Tonight” sitting throughout those events, as they were jeered and heckled by attendees at the convention to stand, initially waving off those calls until finally standing at the halfway point of...
  • Spanish pledge of allegiance causes uproar (New Mexico)

    08/16/2012 5:29:10 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 43 replies ^ | 8-16-12 | KOAT (ABC)
    CORRALES, N.M. - A controversy emerged Tuesday night at the Corrales Village council meeting when the audience was asked to say the pledge of allegiance in Spanish. The words in Spanish on a projector didn't help, and even after the mayor explained that it's a village tradition, the crowd defiantly said the pledge in English. Corrales Mayor Phil Gasteyer said the incident was disrespectful, unfortunate and embarrassing. "There was some disrespect shown to the village and its residents," Gasteyer said. The mayor said he's never had a crowd challenge the Spanish language before. He said it could have something to...
  • Candidates Pledge to Repeal Obamacare

    06/30/2012 4:15:19 PM PDT · by RBW in PA · 27 replies
    June 29, 2012 | Me
    I’d like people’s opinion on this and I’m surprised that I have not seen this idea posted. 1) Romney should be asked to sign a pledge that he will sign an executive order halting Obamacare within one week of his inauguration. If he refuses this to this, he’s not serious about repealing this law and does not deserve conservative support. 2) All House and Senate republicans up for election should be asked to sign a pledge that they will immediately introduce and or support legislation defunding all aspects of Obamacare. Same logic here, if they can’t make the commitment they...
  • New CONTRACT with AMERICA: New Tax Code Pledge NOW!

    06/15/2012 1:00:39 PM PDT · by publius321 · 3 replies
    A Pledge signed by every Congressional candidate must be circulated and signed BEFORE the November election. Now is the time. We need a concrete plan that will not just "hopefully" allow us to linger on and die slowly like the rest of the world. Major tax code overhaul would -ignite- the economy...
  • Commentary on The Pledge of Allegiance by Red Skelton

    06/14/2012 6:18:00 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    ? | Red Skelton
    A a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton’s teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. The last sentence was a prophecy of what would happen decades later. From the Red Skelton Hour January 14, 1969 You Tube link of Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance I: Me, an individual, a committee of one. Pledge: Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity. Allegiance: My love and my devotion. To the Flag: Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever...
  • John Wayne and the Pledge of Allegiance

    05/20/2012 1:04:10 PM PDT · by NoGrayZone · 4 replies
    I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag...... I want my USA.
  • One nation under God?

    05/13/2012 3:55:46 AM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    vanity | 5-13-2012 | me
    The phrase "One nation under God" has been officially part of the Pledge of Allegiance since 1954. ... The phrase "under God" was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending §7 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942 ... And we haven't won a single war since then. Think about it.
  • Thousands Protest 'Pledge' Refusal

    05/01/2012 9:13:52 AM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies ^ | 05/01/2012 | n/a
    FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Roughly 1,000 people filled Falmouth's Town Hall green Monday evening to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in unison. The outpouring was spurred by outrage over a decision last Monday by Melissa Freitag, Vice Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, not to say the pledge at the weekly meeting. As acting chairman, Freitag started last Monday night's meeting with a poem, then went on to say she'd "rather not" say the pledge. She then quickly moved on to the night's business. Fellow selectmen later told NewsCenter 5 that they were caught off guard by Freitag's exclusion of the...
  • Lawmaker Replaces Pledge with Poem (Melissa Freitag in Massachusetts)

    04/27/2012 1:37:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/26/12
    Lawmaker Replaces Pledge with PoemApr 26, 2012 A Massachusetts lawmaker is under fire in Falmouth after she opened a town meeting with a poem instead of the traditional recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Melissa Freitag, the vice chair for the Falmouth Board of Selectmen, refused to say why she would not allow her fellow lawmakers or residents to recite the pledge. “I would rather not tonight,” she replied when Selectman Kevin Murphy questioned her about the omission. **SNIP** Falmouth resident Brenda Scannell told the newspaper that Freitag’s decision was baffling. “I just don’t get that at all,” she said....
  • Romney asks GOP delegates to sign pledge, but some refuse

    04/20/2012 2:41:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/20/12 | Peter Hamby
    Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Members of the Republican National Committee gathering in Arizona were invited to meet with Mitt Romney in private Friday and have their pictures taken with the presumptive GOP nominee, but there was a price of admission: loyalty. RNC members and state GOP chairmen were welcomed into the private reception only after signing a form pledging to support Romney as a delegate to the national convention in Tampa. – Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker All 168 members of the committee have a vote at the convention as "superdelegates" – and one of Romney's supporters on the...
  • Atheist Couple Sues School District to Remove 'Under God' From Pledge of Allegiance

    02/16/2012 2:03:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/16/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Oral arguments were heard in a Massachusetts Superior Court on Monday over a lawsuit filed by an atheist couple who believe that their children are being discriminated against because the Pledge of Allegiance – which is said every day in Mass. public school classrooms under state law – contains the phrase "under God." "The daily recitation in public schools of a pledge declaring that the nation is 'under God' is discriminatory toward atheists and humanists," David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, stated. "No child should go to school each...
  • Atheist Couple Sues to Remove 'Under God' From Pledge of Allegiance

    02/14/2012 8:13:53 PM PST · by cakid1 · 44 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 2-14-12 | cakid1
    In Massachusetts Superior Court a lawsuit has been filed by an atheist couple. They claim their children "are being discriminated against because the Pledge of Allegiance." The Pledge is said in school.. in the classroom. The couple is upset about the phrase "under God." According to The Christian Post.. "The daily recitation in public schools of a pledge declaring that the nation is 'under God' is discriminatory toward atheists and humanists," David Niose, president of the American Humanist Association and lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, stated.
  • ‘Under God’ at issue

    02/13/2012 5:46:33 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | 02/13/2012 | Jennifer C. Braceras
    Acton,Ma. - This morning, Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty is scheduled to hear arguments in Doe vs. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. The case, brought by an Acton family, asks the court to order Acton schools to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. The plaintiffs, who call themselves the “Does” to protect their identity, are atheists — albeit not particularly courageous ones, as they attempt to remain anonymous in their lack of belief. The Doe case is only the most recent example of the abuse of our legal system by plaintiffs who seek to cleanse society of...
  • Under God

    02/07/2012 11:48:04 AM PST · by Sopater · 12 replies
    Wall Builders ^ | February 7, 2012
    Under GodFebruary 7 is a notable historical day for the acknowledgment of God in modern America: it is the day that a sermon was preached before President Dwight D. Eisenhower, suggesting that the words "under God" be added to the pledge. The sermon was preached by the Rev. George M. Docherty, pastor of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D. C. (you can download and see the full sermon, with his notes and additions). This sermon was preached for Lincoln Day, and it had a great impact on those listening, including President Eisenhower, who was seated in the same...
  • Newt takes no-adultery pledge

    12/12/2011 11:33:17 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 196 replies
    Newt takes no-adultery pledge By ALEXANDER BURNS | 12/12/11 1:09 PM EST When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it. Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response, vowing to support a federal marriage amendment, reinstate the Mexico City policy -- and, per the stipulations of The Family Leader pledge, to be faithful to his wife: I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect...
  • ‘It Is Inappropriate’: Anger After UConn Includes Pledge of Allegiance Before Sports Games

    12/07/2011 9:42:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/7/11 | Billy Hallowell
    Atheists and radical church-state separatists have taken particular offense to the continued uttering of the Pledge of Allegiance. To these individuals, the words “under God” have no place in the public square, even when utterances are voluntary in nature. Now, there’s a new epicenter in the debate over the Pledge. Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the University of Connecticut’s interim athletic director, Paul Pendergast, decided to add the recitation as a viable way for individuals to remember both the nation and U.S. troops. Following his decision, the Pledge was first uttered after a home football game...
  • UConn Hopes To Create Tradition With Pledge Of Allegiance Before Games

    12/01/2011 12:50:22 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    UConn interim athletic director Paul Pendergast said he was impressed with the way the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce begins its functions with the Pledge of Allegiance and how Hartford radio icon Brad Davis uses it on his WDRC show. And in the year of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Pendergast thought employing the Pledge of Allegiance before UConn basketball games would be a worthwhile tribute to the nation and enrich the university. So it has been used since the beginning of the season before the National Anthem. "I've noticed each time we do it there has...
  • Herman Cain Reverses, Signs Pro-Life Pledge on Abortion

    11/22/2011 8:52:44 AM PST · by julieee · 3 replies ^ | November 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Herman Cain Reverses, Signs Pro-Life Pledge on Abortion Washington, DC -- Herman Cain has reversed position and decided to sign a pro-life pledge on abortion a prominent pro-life group has had other Republican presidential hopefuls sign that Cain initially declined to attach his name to months ago.
  • Herman Cain Reverses, Signs Pro-Life Pledge on Abortion

    11/22/2011 8:52:23 AM PST · by julieee · 152 replies ^ | November 22, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Herman Cain Reverses, Signs Pro-Life Pledge on Abortion Washington, DC -- Herman Cain has reversed position and decided to sign a pro-life pledge on abortion a prominent pro-life group has had other Republican presidential hopefuls sign that Cain initially declined to attach his name to months ago.
  • This Needs To Be In Every Classroom (Vanity)

    10/19/2011 9:05:20 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 6 replies
    NA ^ | 19 October 2011 | NA
  • Deval: No allegiance in pledge fight

    09/09/2011 5:13:10 AM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies ^ | 09/09/2011 | John Zaremba and Christine McConville
    Deval Patrick flatly refused to take a side on whether the Pledge of Allegiance should be banned in schools, dodging questions on Brookline’s controversy over patriotism yesterday. The proposal by a group of Brookline peace activists to ban the pledge in town schools — proposed the week of the anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — has outraged the families of both 9/11 victims and soldiers killed in action. More traditional residents of Brookline were shocked by the latest evidence of how far left their leafy suburb has lurched. “It’s the most asinine thing,” said Frances Greenleaf Hall...
  • Group Calls to Ban Pledge of Allegiance at Massachusetts Schools

    09/08/2011 2:47:30 PM PDT · by Mind Freed · 15 replies
    Days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11 a leader from a group in Massachusetts is calling on public schools in one town to ban students from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, saying it has no educational value and the pressure it places on children to participate makes his “skin crawl,” The Boston Globe reported. Martin Rosenthal, the co-chair of Brookline Political Action for Peace, or Brookline Pax, told the paper the pledge puts “kids in an uncomfortable situation” and doesn’t belong in schools. The group, therefore, will ask town meeting voters in November to pass a nonbinding resolution on the...
  • Gov. Rick Perry Signs NOM Marriage Pledge

    08/26/2011 10:37:32 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 154 replies
    National Organization For Marriage ^ | AUGUST 26, 2011 – 12:36 PM | NOM
    WASHINGTON – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released the following statement today announcing that Gov. Rick Perry has signed their marriage pledge: "Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for making it clear: he's a marriage champion!," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "The purpose of NOM's Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage. Gov. Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as a signer of NOM Marriage Pledge. By doing so, Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be a bigger issue...
  • Romney signs marriage pledge

    08/06/2011 9:25:19 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/4/11 | Ben Smith
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has joined Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Sen. Pennsylvania Rick Santorum in signing a pledge to oppose same-sex marriage on a number of specific fronts. The three candidates signed the pledge advanced by the National Organization for Marriage, which has led national and state campaigns to limit marriage to a man and a woman. The signature of the front-runner, Romney, is a bit of a coup for the group, as he's been careful about committing to other pledges, including a broad promise to a socially conservative Iowa group that caused trouble for other candidates....
  • Protecting the Ground Zero Cross

    08/02/2011 1:47:33 PM PDT · by momtothree · 9 replies ^ | 08-02-2011
    It now appears that the ACLJ has less than two weeks to file a legal brief backing the cross at the new Ground Zero Museum. This is being challenged in court by the American Atheists. It is their view (the ACLJ) that the lawsuit is without merit. The cross was formed by two intersecting steel beams that survived the Twin Towers collapse on 9-11. According to the radio station that I heard this information, you can sign the petition at 1-877-989-2255 OR you can log onto and look under "Radio Ĺrchives". ** I apologize if this format is incorrect...
  • Mitt Romney Rejects Iowa Marriage Pledge, But Why?

    07/13/2011 9:46:12 AM PDT · by delacoert · 31 replies
    death + taxes ^ | July 13, 2011 | Andrew Belonsky
    Mitt Romney did the right thing by rejecting a social conservative group’s repulsive “marriage pledge.” Will he explain his reasoning? As Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum bent over backward to endorse a right wing document pledging allegiance to conservative values, the Romney campaign says that while their candidate supports “traditional marriage,” he finds some of the pledge’s “references and provisions [to be] undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign.” The pledge, put out last week by right wing activist Bob Vander Plaats and his group, The Family Leader, reads like a hit list on American freedoms. One of the document’s...
  • Brody File Exclusive: GOP Presidential Candidates Will be Asked To Sign A Marriage Vow

    07/07/2011 9:45:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    CBN News ^ | July 6, 2011 | David Brody
    The Brody File has learned that The Family Leader, an influential pro-family group in Iowa will ask each of the 2012 presidential candidates to sign a marriage pledge that professes everything from marital fidelity to embracing a federal marriage amendment. The document, which has a total of fourteen points is called, “The Marriage Vow-A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family”
  • Spat developes over Commissioner's Court minutes (remove pledge and prayer from minutes?)

    07/04/2011 7:01:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    Bowie County Citizens Tribune (New Boston News) ^ | Mon, 04 Jul, 2011 | Woody Morgan (publisher)
    An unexpected battle over the minutes of the Bowie County Commissioner’s Court meeting erupted at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, June 27. At the last meeting on June 13, the commissioners approved the minutes of May 23 but in doing so set off a firestorm of controversy because in an amended version of the minutes, the court voting 3-1 with Pct. 3 Commissioner Kelly Blackburn absent, the voted to remove the prayer and the pledge of allegiance from the minutes. From the official minutes of that meeting, Pct, 4 Commissioner Pat McCoy said “he did not approve of the...
  • Bachmann won't commit to 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge

    06/29/2011 6:44:09 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2011 | Peter Hamby
    Bachmann won't commit to 'Cut, Cap and Balance' pledge By: CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) - Nearly every Republican presidential candidate has pledged to sign the "Cut, Cap and Balance" pledge to slash government spending, but U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is not ready to commit. Her reason? It doesn't go far enough. The pledge, backed by more than 150 conservative groups and a dozen GOP Republican senators, demands that Congress not raise the debt ceiling unless it passes "substantial" budget cuts and spending caps along with a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Former...
  • Compromise on Pledge of Allegiance in Oregon Town Has Some Seeing Red

    06/28/2011 2:00:52 PM PDT · by Proud_USA_Republican · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/28/2011 | Dan Springer
    An Oregon town's City Council voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before every council meeting, but later passed a compromise that seemed to make no one happy. The approved measure allows the pledge to be recited at just four Eugene City Council meetings a year, those closest to the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day. It was supposed to be simple, but Councilman Mike Clark soon found out when you’re dealing with God and country, nothing in Eugene is easy.
  • VIDEO: Shocker: Oregon Town Council Votes Down A Motion To Recite The Pledge Before Every Meeting

    06/28/2011 10:39:44 AM PDT · by · 12 replies
    Mark this up as yet another knock against the pledge, which seems to be happening frequently as of late and particularly within the mainstream media. In Oregon, the Eugene Town Council voted 5-2 against a motion to recite the pledge at the opening of every town meeting. There was a compromise allowing the pledge to be said 4 times a year but only on certain holidays. One council member who voted for the ban said reading the pledge was like reading the Communist Manifesto before every meeting. Yes, you read that correctly on both counts. The compromise struck allows the...
  • One Nation Under...What?

    06/22/2011 8:38:39 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 7 replies ^ | 06-22-11 | stolinsky
      One Nation Under…What? David C. Stolinsky June 23, 2011 While broadcasting the U.S. Open Golf Tournament, NBC ran a segment showing schoolchildren reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. But the words “under God” were omitted. NBC claimed the omission was accidental, and apologized to anyone who was offended. Note that NBC apologized for giving offense, but did not apologize for editing out part of what actually happened. That a “news” organization does not believe altering facts deserves an apology is revealing indeed. What else does it alter, but we don’t know? Interestingly, “indivisible” was also omitted. Does someone at...
  • Pledge Is One of Many Oaths I’ve Been Proud to Take (Pledge of Allegiance)

    06/22/2011 12:23:33 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 9 replies
    Register Guard ^ | June 22, 2011 | Pat Parr
    On Sept. 7, 1965, I stepped into an American classroom for the first time. I was nervous, but in that the Beatles had been on the Ed Sullivan Show just before that and I had a similar English accent (Sheffield, not Liverpool), I was quite a novelty and the nerves soon went away. Then, without warning, I was asked, along with all of the other kids in Mrs. Imhoff’s sixth-grade class at East Elementary in Tillamook, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I didn’t know the words, but Debbie Johnson, standing next to me, did. And she was proud to...
  • Freep a Poll: What do you think of NBC's decision to cut the words 'under God' from the Pledge?

    06/20/2011 4:40:57 PM PDT · by AZ .44 MAG · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 20, 2011 | New York Daily News
    What do you think of NBC's decision to cut the words 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic video aired for the network's US Open coverage? It's offensive! It's not patriotic if the network is rewriting the Pledge! It was the right thing to do, since there should be true seperation (sic) of church and state! It's not a big deal either way