One South Carolina mother was appalled when her children’s school accidentally took the phrase “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance. According to a story on Opposing Views, she blamed the government’s attempts “to take God out of everything” for the omission.
Jessica Andrews, the mother in question, told Fox News’ Todd Starnes how she felt when she read the Pledge that her daughter would recite every day in school:
“It was like an ‘Oh my gosh’ type of feeling. It didn’t have ‘under God.’ It’s outrageous, to be honest. It seems like the government is doing everything they can to take God out of everything.
After pointing out to Starnes that the founding fathers believed in God, she wondered why the children of our nation couldn’t acknowledge him.
“We are so quick to change our religion to accommodate everyone else. It seems like Christianity is getting taken out of everything.”
So? We’re still not a Christian nation, no matter how much the theocrats wish we were. What’s happening is that Christians find themselves increasingly subject to the religious restrictions they wish upon everyone else. They’re not asking for equal treatment. They’re asking for special treatment, and that special treatment has, sadly, found itself enshrined in various laws and public policies, along with public perception. That actually should stop.
But South Carolina is one of the U.S.’s more religious states. In fact, it’s so religious that they tried to include the Christian god in a bill declaring the woolly mammoth the state’s official fossil. Back in April, USA Today reported that State Senator Kevin Bryant tried to include an amendment in that bill that quoted the Bible, and gave “glory” to the Christian god for the creation of the mammoth. Even though the amendment was thrown out for introducing a new and independent idea, Bryant insisted that it was a natural extension of the bill.
Earlier this year, the state approved new standards for science in the classroom that didn’t include natural selection. The USA Today piece said State Senator Mike Fair doesn’t believe evolution should be taught as fact, and instead should be taught as just one possible explanation for life on Earth.
As far as what happened to this particular recitation of the Pledge, the school said that was a simple proofreading mistake on the part of the teacher. The teacher was very apologetic, and, according to a statement from the school, embarrassed.