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Allegiance





"I pledge allegiance to my Flag
and the republic for which it stands,
one nation indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."

The Pledge Of Allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
as written at its inception, in 1892





"I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands,
one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all."

The Pledge Of Allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
as written, from 1954 onward.
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Back in the middle1950's I learned the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, which was essentially how it is now written. At that time, I was also going to a Catholic School, and was fully indoctrinated in Catholic doctrines, which more or less proclaimed the United States a Christian country. Of course, nobody, at that time, seemed to worry about what any other religions might think – the God, in the pledge, was naturally a Judeo-Christian God!

You see, this essay is about allegiance, and what that word means today. From what I have just said, you might surmise that there are some big problems with this word, especially, when you throw religions into the mix. Being a country that professes, at least nominally, a separation between Church and State, you may begin to see that there is something of a hypocrisy existing in the word allegiance; namely, allegiance to what – the Church or the State! 2 Outwardly the two should be separated, but in reality, its not that simple. Today, religions, of all kinds, are causing deep divisions in that unity that we mention in the name United States. But it is even going further, all free Nations are undergoing the very same consternations, today, about just where allegiance lies, when religions make such a strong hold on people. The problem with Islam has also brought out the problem that all religions are causing in the area of allegiances (see note 2, above for examples of this).

The word allegiance seems pretty clear in its meaning; it basically means a loyalty, or connection to a particular thing. Allegiance to a State, further includes a citizenship within that State – at least it did mean that, in the times before illegal immigration became so common. But today, illegal immigration, and the strong bonds to religions are even further clouding an issue that should be straight forward and crystal clear, combine this with dual citizenships, and suddenly the whole thing is a real mess.

So, let's start simply: I am a citizen of the United States, and therefore have an allegiance to that country. Now suppose I am a radical Islamist to boot! You can imagine what that allegiance I just mentioned is worth! Why, because radical Islam creates an allegiance through a belief system, which demands an allegiance that is superior to all other allegiances. Fortunately most people in America are not radical Islamists, therefore there is no trouble, like the kind of trouble France saw recently!



Multiculturalism in today's world



We use to call this a “ghetto”; today, we call it a part of something called “Multiculturalism”. Ghettos are areas where certain ethnic groups inhabit a part of a country with a different ethnicity than theirs. The people in ghettos are outwardly all citizens of the country containing the ghetto, but they live in an ethnic environment that is different than the country they are living in. They also exhibit a culture that is different than the mainstream culture of the country (hence countries with many ghettos are “multicultural”). Sometimes they may also speak a different language than the predominant culture of the country.

In essence, this multiculturalism is not bad, in and of itself; but it could be bad, when it turns into a multi-ghetto situation. Many different people living fully dispersed are the ideal of any democracy; but if they're not dispersed, then these ghettos get alienated into separate little states within the state, with little or no allegiance to the state of which they are a part – Trouble!

Culture also includes religion; in certain cultures, religion is of a major predominance in the culture, for instance Mexico or, say, the Philippine Islands. This makes it very hard for people from these ethnic groups to fit in ideally in states where these religions (in this case the Catholic religion) are not in ascendancy.

Ideally, democracy was thought to be made up of many different peoples of many different cultures that all share an allegiance to their State. But the reality of multiculturalism is proving this ideal very rare indeed. The trouble is religions and belief systems. When there are many separate ghettos and a resulting multiculturalism, allegiance to the mother country suddenly disappears, because these people feel alien to that mother country, since they do not share its culture. Even worse, if they live in a country that is tied to no particular religion, like the USA is supposed to be, and these ghettos are tied strongly to a particular religion, then their allegiance is primarily to that religion, and only secondarily to the mother country, if at all!

This is why the illegal immigration that is overrunning so many countries here and abroad today, is causing so much trouble. The problem is, people are not coming to the USA and Europe because they want to be a part of these countries, because they have a strong allegiance to the country's ideals or way of life; but, because they want to get away from their country of origin. They are coming here merely to survive, and if anything, they will not give allegiance to our country, but will end up in a ghetto, and try instead to change our ways to theirs. And religion will even make this worse, since it will often, only further separate them from the mainstream of the country's beliefs and norms.

The solution is to disperse immigrants throughout the country. Do away with illegal immigration entirely; and take only immigrants that will swear an overwhelming allegiance to the State, even above their religious convictions. No more Chinatowns; or black, Jewish or Muslim ghettos; Americans and Europeans of every kind live and work together, side by side, proud to be Americans or Europeans. When they come to their new country, they live and learn the American or European way, and become a part of a homogeneous population.

Allegiance to the State is the primary allegiance every citizen of every country should be concerned with. Why, because the State is their culture and norms by and through which they live. Even religion must take a secondary place to this. If it cannot do this, then they do not belong here! We are a homogeneous people, that let everyone live according to their own tenants, so long as they do not interfere with other citizens ways. If religions do not allow this, then they should go to a country where that religion holds sway; not countries that hold everyone as equal and free.

Perhaps, someday, even Americans will realize that “God” does not belong in the pledge of Allegiance, because “God”, does not represent the diverse ALL that is America! 3

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag...”




FOOTNOTES

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1 Examples taken from Wikipedia.



2 See my essay: “And Man Created God In His Image, To Subjugate... To Alienate... To Rule... To Enslave!”, for more on how religions are causing problems, because of their organizational and hierarchical structures.



3 See the essay: '"In God We Trust"; Which God?'







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Originally Published:

January 14, 2015

Revised:

January 14, 2015