Did you know the Pledge of Allegiance that was first adopted by Congress did not include, “under God”? It was only in response to years of tremendous lobbying by Christian groups, fear of communism, and Eisenhower’s deeply Christian upbringing that it was added at all. Even the author, an ordained Baptist minister, didn’t see the need. In 1892, Francis Bellamy wrote the first pledge: I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. In 1923 and 1924, the National Flag Conference changed “my flag,” to “the flag of the United States of America.” This was intended to add clarity and be more inclusive for immigrants. This was the pledge that was adopted by Congress in 1942. It was only in 1954, after a tremendous lobbying effort by religious organizations, that Congress caved to the pressure and added, “under God.” In today’s America, this addition excludes many Americans including Hindus, Buddhists and secular folks. Sometimes, the good old days really are better. The original pledge is a better representation of my patriotism. We shouldn’t need to publicly profess believe in a certain god to love our country. Fourth of July, Flag Day, Nine Eleven 9/11, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, every day. Show your patriotism. Buy this shirt through our Amazon Merch shop!