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Some facts about the 'pledge'

| Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Dear Editor:

Does every pledge of allegiance establish a religion -- the worship of government• As a Libertarian, and an attorney too, I am fascinated by the Pledge of Allegiance case to be argued on March 24 before the U.S. Supreme Court. As a pro bono service, I help educate the public about the court case.

Few people know that if they pledge allegiance to the flag then they recite a pledge written by a self-proclaimed socialist in the U.S. nationalist movement, to promote socialism in the most socialistic institution -- government schools.

Few people know that the original salute to the flag was like the National Socialist German Workers' Party salute and predated it. (photos at http://members.ij.net/rex/pledge2.html)

The pledge was authored in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, first cousin and follower of the socialist author Edward Bellamy. Edward Bellamy's futuristic novel, "Looking Backward," (1888) described life in the year 2000. It described a totalitarian society where private trade is outlawed, where all men are in an "industrial army," and where the monolithic government school is part of the "industrial army" system. Bellamy saw it as utopia.

As strange as it may seem, the totalitarian ideas that inspired the pledge's author resulted in mass atrocities worldwide.

Rex Curry

Attorney At Law

P.O. Box 8816

Tampa, Fla.

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