Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Short Quiz on the "Pledge of Allegiance"

There has been a lot of talk lately in certain social circles and legislative bodies, including here in the Republic, that the laws mandating schoolchildren to recite the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance every day that they attend their local public schools should be better enforced than they currently are now.  The most outspoken voices come from military veterans.  That stalwart group of men and women who, carrying the most modern of weaponry, marched to war to oppress foreign peoples to protect Americans when Americans choose to exercise their natural right to live free, now believe that forcing young people to recite an oath of loyalty to the U.S. government, before these young people have the chance to reach a stage of emotional and intellectual maturity at which point they could decide for themselves to do so or not, is the patriotic thing to do.

Well, is it?  I have a small quiz here for folks that might be straddling the fence on this issue.  It will only take a few minutes to complete:

1.  Francis Bellamy, the author of the seminal piece of prose that would become the P.O.A., wrote his particular loyalty oath for children to promote what form of government?

2.  The first persons to challenge laws mandating recital of the P.O.A. on First Amendment grounds that those laws forced them to violate their religious convictions were:

  (A)  Atheists/Agnostics

  (B)  Muslims

  (C)  Jews

  (D)  Christians

3.  The original hand salute that was proscribed by Mr. Bellamy to accompany the "Pledge of Allegiance" was:

  (A)  The right hand over the heart just like today

  (B)  The right hand at the forehead like a military salute

  (C)  The right hand pointed up with palm forward like when one swears an oath in a court of law

Now I'm not going to give you the answers for this quiz, but will instead leave it for you to do your own research on the subject (I have provided a few links to get you started).  But if you are one of those liberty-loving Americans who thinks that forcing young people to swear to something before they have a chance to reach adulthood is the patriotic thing to do for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way," then you just might find reality to be a bit (D)-pressing...


  1. From: Robert (qslv)

    Very thought provoking. Something I was acclimated to at a very early age. Today my allegiance is to God, family and the Declaration of Independence/ Bill of Rights. Flag is no longer on the list. By the way, the accepted position for reciting the pledge of allegiance today is on your knees, licking the shoes of the President Du Jour while he holds the leash with one hand and empties your wallet with the other.

    1. I thought the position is more like being sprawled out across the hot hood of a patrol car with arms twisted behind one's back, but the feelings are the same...

  2. Kewl post. In fact, the Pledge of Allegiance was the origin of Nazi salutes and Nazi behavior (that is one of the discoveries of the historian Dr. Rex Curry). If you post pics or film footage it will blow some minds.

    1. Well, should the truth be known, the Nazi and the Bellamy Salute both grew from the Greco-Roman salute (in the early days of the Modern Olympics, this was also called the International or Olympic Salute).

      The right hand starts at the left shoulder with palm down and the inner ridge (thumbside) is touching the shoulder. Then the right elbow is extended outward to end in the arm extended fashion that everyone is familiar with. One can see the whole salute in some early films about Nazi Germany.

      The "hand over the heart" (since the heart is in the center of the thoracic cavity this is a misnomer) salute could be considered to have evolved from the first portion of the Greco-Roman salute...