Tuesday, March 25, 2008

One nation, White

Alonzo Fyfe has turned his exceptional post on the inherent prejudice of including the phrase under God in the Pledge into a book: A Perspective on the Pledge.

What would it be like to live in a country where 'patriotism' meant pledging allegiance to the idea that you are inferior to other citizens? We can imagine a nation that thinks 'patriotism' requires pledging allegiance to 'one white nation', and easily see how such a pledge would be racist. Yet, 'one nation under God' says the same about atheists that 'one white nation' would say about blacks. This book explains and defends that analogy and examines its implications.
The short book was prepared in anticipation of a forthcoming 9th Circuit ruling on the constitutionality of the phrase and the anti-church/state seperation backlash that is sure to follow regardless of the outcome.

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