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From: jft@lonex.rl.af.mil (James F. Tims) In 1955, our scoutmaster stood before the Flaming Arrow Patrol and told us we would add the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance from now on. Of course, it wasn't the "real" POA, because the "real" POA was in the Boy Scout Handbook, but we humored him and obeyed orders. As Shakespeare once wrote, "To be under God, or not to be under God, that is the question, by God." (Scans well, doesn't it?) Looks like the answer might be yes. Get a load of this new edition of the Upham/Bellamy classic, brought to you by the Center Road School in Western, New York. In their brochure, "Christian School," we are treated to: I pledge allegiance to the Christian Flag, and to the Savior for Whose kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe. I am afraid to ask if that flag is the Stars & Stripes. If it isn't Old Glory, what in Heaven's name could it be? White Doves on Field Sanguine? Cross with Thorn tracery? My God! Just thought you might get a chuckle out of this between bouts of struggling with whether a person can have ever done anything other than what he did in fact do. &^). ---- jft "The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." -- George Washington, Art. XI, Treaty of Tripoli."

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