Doing My Part: Cory Brunson

[ This is a response to Doing My Part for the Godless Future . If you'd like to submit one of your own — what you're doing to help the world, or just yourself, get free of religion — email me via the link in that post. ]

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I do a lot of the familiar stuff at the personal level: I sit at Ask An Atheist tables, i write letters to the editor, i regularly post religious commentary on Facebook. I cross out “In God We Trust” on dollar bills and write in “E pluribus unum”. These things matter. but they feel reactive, and marginal, like online comments on an op-ed.

Here’s something i wish more people would do: Take the Pledge of Allegiance. When i’m at a government function — e.g. most recently a Town Council meeting — and we are led in the Pledge, i no longer stay silent during the “under God” bit (that desecration of cadence). Oh, no. I take the pledge loudly, proudly, and fluidly, in its original glory.

This leaves me pronouncing “indivisible” while everyone else is saying “under God” (or staying silent), and then “with liberty and justice” during “indivisible”. And people hear it. It turns heads, in very much the way that the silent treatment doesn’t. And, anymore, that obnoxious pause irks me like acquiescence.

I refuse to let a coalition of zealots and national supremacists coerce those of us who wish to pledge ourselves to Enlightenment values into installing their god right above them. and i refuse to be shamed into accommodating their personal superstitions in the very midst of our collective commitment to an evidence-based, inquiry-positive society.

It’s only recently that i’ve come to a greater awareness of and appreciation for the uniquely secular origins of my country. When i pledge my allegiance to this republic, my pledge extends to the principles of democracy and free inquiry on which it is founded.

Would that our citizenry were more directly confronted with the values that truly underlie our society. This is my little contribution to that effort. and it feels proactive.

~Cory Brunson

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  • Hans

    For me as an European, grown up with stories about the war from my parents, this whole pledging to the flag thing has a strong fascist smell to it.

    • Leo

      I hope you get to see this reply though I am weeks late with this response…The pledge was actually written by a socialist. My understanding from what Susan Jacoby has written about the author is that he may have been trying to help immigrants feel like they belonged here.

      But, yes, the fascists in this country have somewhat adopted it as their own and take it quite seriously. For that reason, I do disagree with recitation of the pledge as a whole, not just the “Under God” part.

  • rikitiki

    Good one, I like that.
    Besides, nobody thinks about how the “under God” part
    absolutely negates the “liberty and justice
    for all” part of the Pledge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larry.carter.center larrycenter

    Good job Blue Collar.
    However, I recite Pledge one NOT PLEDGE TWO, WHICH IS EVEN MORE DISJOINTING when recited along to Pledge 3….: “I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO my FLAG AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”
    From 1892 to 1923 then 1955 these 3 pledges have a long history of flags of many nations freely chosen by a child of immigrants to the anti-bolshevik pledge of Congress to the McCarthy pledge to ostracize Atheists.
    As for correcting the money of it’s official lie, I suggest scissors or tearing out the illegal word god.
    Money is routinely “washed” by the DEA & Secret Service to remove traces of dope for use during undercover drug buys. This washing also removes your ink as banks are instructed to give such money to the FEDERAL RESERVE along with other bills considered “un-usable.”
    To permanently “fix” theocracy of it’s lie, “god” must be excised, not redacted.
    Theocracy IS TREASON & such a cancer must be amputated out of our secular society. Our godless US Constitution deserves no less a spirited defense from theocrats & idiot believers alike. http://www.hireLarryFireBobby.com 843-926-1750 @VoteLarryDis114

  • ik

    I myself cannot in good faith pledge lower than the greater good of all humankind.


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