Sunrays.jpgIf He Won’t Get You During the Pledge, He’ll Get You During the Oath

For an invisible being that may or may not exist (and may or may not toss a thunderbolt down your throat for suggesting such a possible heresy), God is a busy… God. Of late, God’s been on the minds of some of our elected officials, who elect not to say the Pledge of Allegiance during public meetings.

From the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s Steve Jones, who makes a point of staying seated while the rest of us sheeple rise to our feet and mumble incoherently while glancing at the flag:

“… There are small signs that progressivism under the dome isn’t dead yet. Here’s one: on Saturday, when the new Board of Supervisors was sworn in, new Sup. Jane Kim stood for the Pledge of Allegiance but remained mum, not saying a word.

When I asked her about it later, Kim said that she doesn’t believe in the pledge and has never said it throughout her tenure on the Board of Education. Her predecessor Chris Daly, as well as Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, generally say the pledge but pointedly drop the words “under God” from it, with Daly sometimes being quite loud and pronounced in his modified lyrics.”

In our humble opinion, anyone who modifies the pledge, refuses to say it, recites it in falsetto or pledges allegiance instead to a can of tuna fish is spot-on. Because this is America, where the only thing that really matters is money, and God doesn’t have a PayPal.

However, it’s an interesting thing, evading oaths to a Supreme Being. While SFBG-types may not want to acknowledge a God, they can’t get around supporting politicians — like Jane Kim — who themselves in turn can’t get around acknowledging a God.

From the California state Constitution, to which all local elected officials swear an oath to uphold and protect:

“CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION
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We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure and perpetuate its blessings, do establish this Constitution.”

Huh. Almighty God gave us our freedom. Whether or not God exists, that is, or whether or not a California citizen chooses to acknowledge God’s existence.

Granted, this is the only time God is mentioned in the document enchartering our state — there’s much more attention paid to things like the usury. However, this celestial Catch-22 amused us, and it caught Kim off-guard when we contacted her. “I didn’t know that,” she said.

Maybe you just can’t escape God. “Nor this thunderbolts,” a wry Supervisor John Avalos texted us, “nor his friend the Grim Reaper.”

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  • frenchjr25

    It should be difficult for anyone who is in public service.

    For those that don’t believe in God, they are forced (whether they like it or not) to be a part of a pledge that was rewritten in the 1950s by a Congress and President that did not give a rats rear about the First Amendment.

    For Christians, it is a violation of the teachings of Christ to pledge allegiance to anyone or anything other than God.

    And what about people that are not Christian/Muslim/Jewish and have gods or no higher power/s.

    It really needs to change and it’s going to take a really strong case going to the Supreme Court.

    If your belief in God is shattered because it is no longer in the Pledge, then your belief in God was not strong to begin with.

  • frenchjr25

    It should be difficult for anyone who is in public service.

    For those that don’t believe in God, they are forced (whether they like it or not) to be a part of a pledge that was rewritten in the 1950s by a Congress and President that did not give a rats rear about the First Amendment.

    For Christians, it is a violation of the teachings of Christ to pledge allegiance to anyone or anything other than God.

    And what about people that are not Christian/Muslim/Jewish and have gods or no higher power/s.

    It really needs to change and it’s going to take a really strong case going to the Supreme Court.

    If your belief in God is shattered because it is no longer in the Pledge, then your belief in God was not strong to begin with.

  • Greg Dewar

    this is why progressives lost out at City Hall…while they babble about this stuff, real issues don’t get dealt with.

  • Greg Dewar

    this is why progressives lost out at City Hall…while they babble about this stuff, real issues don’t get dealt with.

  • Belgand

    Ignoring the nonsense of this forced in element of religious propaganda it’s just plain creepy to begin with. I mean, a loyalty oath? Isn’t that just a little bit messed up? That we think nothing of having children recite it more or less daily really gives me pause.

    I’m not some nut who thinks this is part of a plan to systematically indoctrinate our children in some sort of North Korea-esque scenario, but the fact that there’s any sort of comparison is still food for thought.

    It’s one thing to take an oath of office, it’s another to make some crazy pledge to an inanimate symbol at the drop of a hat.

  • Belgand

    Ignoring the nonsense of this forced in element of religious propaganda it’s just plain creepy to begin with. I mean, a loyalty oath? Isn’t that just a little bit messed up? That we think nothing of having children recite it more or less daily really gives me pause.

    I’m not some nut who thinks this is part of a plan to systematically indoctrinate our children in some sort of North Korea-esque scenario, but the fact that there’s any sort of comparison is still food for thought.

    It’s one thing to take an oath of office, it’s another to make some crazy pledge to an inanimate symbol at the drop of a hat.