Resolution J3339-2013

Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance

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  • Feb 4, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Feb 4, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 31, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the addi-
tion of the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of  Allegiance
to be recognized on February 10, 2014

WHEREAS, On February 10, 1954, Senator Homer Ferguson of Michigan intro-
duced  a bill in the United States Congress to amend the Pledge of Alle-
giance by adding the words "under God" to the text of the pledge; and
  WHEREAS, February 10, 1954, was chosen as the date  to  introduce  the
bill by Senator Ferguson because it was to recognize the five-year anni-
versary  of  the  imprisonment of Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty of Hungary,
who was imprisoned and tortured by Communists for his  sermons  exposing
the goal of Communism to eradicate all religion; and
  WHEREAS,  Speeches were delivered in Congress by members of both poli-
tical parties, honoring Cardinal Mindszenty and emphasizing  the  threat
posed to America by Communism; and
  WHEREAS, Upon introduction of the bill, Senator Ferguson commented, "I
believe  this  modification  of the pledge is important because it high-
lights one of the real fundamental differences between  the  free  world
and  the  Communist world, namely, belief in God," furthering that with,
"Our nation is founded on a fundamental belief in God, and the first and
most important reason for the existence of our Government is to  protect
the  God-given rights of our citizens. Spiritual values are every bit as
important to the defense and safety of our nation as  are  military  and
economic values."; and
  WHEREAS,  The  vote  to add "under God" to the United States Pledge of
Allegiance was a unanimous vote; and
  WHEREAS, On February 7, 1954, President Dwight  D.  Eisenhower  became
convinced  that adding the words "under God" to the United States Pledge
of Allegiance would be the right thing  to  do  after  hearing  Reverend
George  Docherty  preach  that  the phrase, "nation under God" was first
used in the Gettysburg Address and were appropriate to be added  to  the
United  States  Pledge  of  Allegiance  because freedom "is defined by a
fundamental belief in God"; and
  WHEREAS, The first time the United States  Pledge  of  Allegiance  was
recited was on Flag Day, June 14, 1954; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
honor such an important date which strengthens the ties of history  that
bind us to our Religious heritage; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the addition  of  the  words  "under
God"  to  the  United  States  Pledge  of Allegiance to be recognized on
February 10, 2014.

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