In a June 15, 2004 ruling, the US Supreme Court decided to overturn the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the reference to ’under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional since it violated the separation of church and state http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A41802-2004Jun14.html.
Pledge of Allegiance is recited daily by over 60 million American
school children and is the foremost symbol of American patriotism. The
Pledge was given official support in 1892 by school superintendents around
the country who agreed to school children reciting the following: "I pledge
allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
This revision occurred during the height of the McCarthy era so
it might have been indeed predicted that those fearful of communist
expansion would have aligned themselves with President Eisenhower and the US
Congress who supported the change in revising the Pledge in this way. Indeed,
fear of communism may have led to most US citizens supporting almost any
initiative to distinguish American society from Soviet society and the ’communist
threat’. There is, however, an alternative explanation for what initiated
the revision of the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Eisenhower did not agree with the extraterrestrials request and this resulted in the largest Hydrogen bomb test by the US on March 1, 1954. The meeting was the first in a series of meetings with different extraterrestrial races but the initial meeting reportedly had the effect of deeply unnerving President Eisenhower and his top advisors. What was it that could have unnerved President Eisenhower’s national security team?
There may be a number of different explanations,
It can be hypothesized that what the extraterrestrials said about the origins of the human species challenged the traditional religious belief in humans being created by an all powerful transcendent religious being or ’God’.
This knowledge about the truth of the human origins so unnerved Eisenhower and his team, that they reacted in an entirely predictable way. They initiated a Congressional process to revise the Pledge of Allegiance to buttress their world view which was based in a traditional religious belief that humanity’s origins were clearly associated with the divine intervention of a ’transcendent being’ or ’God’.
Introducing the revision of
into the Pledge would be a way of maintaining a human perspective which had
now become a matter of US national security given the knowledge the
extraterrestrials claimed to possess about humanity’s true origins.
alleged February 20-21, 1954 meeting is the most significant due to the
of its occurrence in early 1954, and the Congressional process that resulted
in the Pledge being officially revised less than four months later on June
Such an inquiry would be a catalyst for those individuals with knowledge about the Eisenhower administration’s meetings with extraterrestrials, and the meetings’ significance on public policy to come forward and give their testimony under Congressional immunity.
A petition has been created to
initiate an inquiry by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee into the
purported February 20-21, 1954 Eisenhower-Extraterrestrial meeting and can
be viewed and signed at:
The truth of why President Eisenhower supported a revision of the Pledge, awaits further investigation.