I’m told by many Christians that their insistence on keeping the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance isn’t an issue of trying to force their religion down everyone else’s throat, but actually an issue of history. The words have “historically” been there so they should remain there, they argue. All the while ignoring the fact that the words were not part of the original Pledge and weren’t inserted until some 60 years after it was initially published. Still, if it’s really a historical issue then you’d think that there shouldn’t be a problem with a historic display of a copy of the Pledge which was published prior to the 1954 change which inserted these two divisive words. For at least one Christian lawyer by the name of Jim Hertz down in Frankfurt, Illinois it seems the issue isn’t about history at all. He’s upset that the Frankfort Village library, which has just such a display, doesn’t include a note indicating why the words “under God” are omitted and he finds the historical display to be offensive and “intellectually dishonest.” He wants the library to either include such a note or replace the “outdated” display with a current version. So far the library has refused to do either, but the staff are more than happy to answer questions about the display when asked including why the words are missing. It seems poor Jim is the first person to complain about it.
Hertz, a lawyer, said he has offered to donate to the library a framed copy of the Pledge of Allegiance that has the words “under God.”
“(Library officials) pretty much told me they would accept the donation but probably sell it at a fundraiser,” he said. “I also pointed out to them that I found their copy of the pledge for sale for $5 on what I would call anti-Christian Web sites.”
If the board refuses to do either, he said he might run for the library board in the spring.
“We might put together a slate of candidates who will better reflect the wishes of the people of Frankfort,” Hertz said. “It seems to me (library trustees) they are not meeting the wishes of the people by not posting a corrected copy of the Pledge of Allegiance. In my opinion, the board is not taking this very seriously.”
We’re sorry, Jim, but sometimes it’s difficult to take overly zealous folks like yourself all that seriously. Surely there are more important things you could be wasting your time on than persecuting a library because it’s displaying a historical document you disagree with. Oh, that’s right, there’s little that’s more important than ensuring your religion is properly endorsed by the government as much as possible.