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Old June 15th, 2016, 06:57 AM   #1
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Interesting Facts About Our Pledge of Allegiance

Little known facts about the American Pledge of Allegiance:

* It was written by Rev. Francis Bellamy in 1892.
* Bellamy was an ordained Christian pastor (Baptist).
* He was a Socialist.
* The version he wrote didn't include the words "under God."
* The pledge was adopted by Congress as our pledge in 1942.
* Bellamy originally (1892) had people holding their hands out front "Roman/Nazi style" as they recited the pledge. That was before Nazis came on the scene. The pledge salute was changed to hand over heart in 1942.
* Starting in 1948, various private clubs started including the words "under God." And those words officially became part of the pledge in 1954 during the "Red Scare."

- facts compiled by Roger Wolsey, author, "Kissing Fish"
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