View “Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance” on YouTube at:
Also read President Eisenhower’s statement upon signing the bill to include “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance on June 14, 1954 (now Flag Day), found below:
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this rededication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning.
Especially is this meaningful as we regard today’s world. Over the globe, mankind has been cruelly torn by violence and brutality and, by the millions, deadened in mind and soul by a materialistic philosophy of life. Man everywhere is appalled by the prospect of atomic war. In this somber setting, this law and its effects today have profound meaning. In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.
Based on the video and Eisenhower’s signing statement, what do you believe was Eisenhower’s intent to adding “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance? Is his message uniform throughout his signing statement? Explain your answer.
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