The Religious Right has become very protective of the Pledge of Allegiance – hysterically so – and not in a funny sense, unless you have a very dark sense of humor. America is “one nation under God” and that is all there is to it. If you don’t get with that program, they’re telling us, then get out. And true to the intolerant history of conservative Christianity going back to the fourth century, they are not afraid to coerce obedience.

Of course, the “under God” was not originally a part of the Pledge, which was written back in 1892. The “under God” was not added until 1954, during the conservative-driven hysteria marking the Cold War. Strange that for half a century it was permissible to not be a nation under God, but since then Americans must absolutely prostrate themselves before the Lord God Almighty or face the wrath of his self-appointed inquisitors on earth. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog