The following words were spoken by the late Red Skelton on his television program on January 14, 1969. He was relating a story about his teacher, Mr. Laswell, who felt his students had come to think of the Pledge of Allegiance as merely something to recite in class each day.
me, an individual, a committee of one.
dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.
my love and my devotion.
To the flag
our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever
of the United
that means that we have all come together.
individual communities that have united into 48 great
And to the republic
a state in which sovereign power is
For which it stands, one nation
one nation, meaning "so blessed by God"
incapable of being divided.
which is freedom -- the right of power to live one's
the principle or quality of dealing fairly with others.
which means, boys and girls, it's as much your
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer and that would be eliminated from schools too?