After Sarah Heath Palin had been announced as John McCain's VP pick, Palin's answers given in a July 31, 2006, Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire, published by Eagle Forum Alaska, began to make the rounds. Her answer to Question 11 was astonishing for its Revisionary American History assinity:
11. Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
The Eagle Forum an organisation founded and presided over by the She-ite Christian Witch, Phyllis Schlafly. The Eagle Forum Alaska is a chapter of it, and its members publish their musing on The Free Blogger Platform.
The Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy in 1892. Francis Bellamy was a Christian Socialist. At one time he was a Baptist minister, but was forced to leave their clergy, because of his vocal socialistic viewpoints. The Pledge of Allegiance has been changed twice since his original work. The most notable change occurring in 1954, when the phrase "Under God", was inserted into it. It's odd that staunch conservatives would be such vehement supporters of a socialist.
See: Gene Healy, "What's Conservative about the Pledge of Allegiance?", Cato Institute, November 4, 2003.
Memory Hole Failure
When the Eagle Forum Alaska realised that their July 2006 questionnaire was being used as a weapon against their darling politician, Sarah Heath Palin, they simply deleted it from their blog. The original link now leads to a 404.
Silly fundies do not know about The Internet Archives. A mirror of the original post is available for viewing there.
Conservapedia to the Abortion Rescue
Conservapedia is a wiki started by a son of Phyllis Schlafly's, Andrew. Many people, when visiting the site have a hard time believing that it is not a parody. I can assure you, that it is not. Andrew Schlafly even has his own "home schooling" service for children of loons. Harsh assessment you say? Check out his fatuous defense of Palin's Historical Stupidity:
Conservapedia - Sarah Palin - Beliefs
Another question asked, "Are you offended by the phrase 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?" Palin replied, "Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, it's good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance."
Liberals ignorant of the history of "under God" have tried to ridicule Palin's remark, even calling her an "idiot" for it. In fact, the origin of the phrase "under God" is the General Orders of George Washington on July 2 and 9, 1776: "The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army" (July 2); "the peace and safety of the Country now depends, under God, solely on the success of our arms" (July 9). George Washington was indeed a Founding Father, and all the Founding Fathers embraced reverence to God in the documents that established the United States.
This is a blatant dodge, intended to obfuscate. Check out this prior version:
Liberals ignorant of the history of "under God" have tried to ridicule Palin's remark, even calling her an "idiot" for it. In fact, the phrase "under God" was taken from George Washington's biography, written by Parson Weems, although not taken from George Washington directly. George Washington was indeed a Founding Father. Moreover, all the Founding Fathers embraced reference to God in the documents that established the United States.
Notice how the reference to Parson Weems was omitted in the later version? Mason Locke Weems, aka "Parson Weems", was an Early American writer of biographical fables, most famous for his tale about Washington cutting down the cherry tree, and then confessing to his father because, "I cannot tell a lie".
The versioning history to Conservapedia's Sarah Palin article offers up amusing and informative tidbits for those able to traverse it. Note that user, Aschlafly is indeed, Andrew Schlafly.
In the present Conservapedia version, Footnote 32 links to a Weekly Standard article, which does not verify the assertions given for the citation:
"Under God" was one of those phrases that Weems liked to use, and it appeared frequently in his biography of Washington. When Washington delivered his Farewell Address, for example, Weems noted the effect on the public of the president's impending retirement: "To be thus bidden farewell by one to whom, in every time of danger, they had so long and fondly looked up, as under God, their surest and safest friend, could not but prove to them a grievous shock." On Washington's death, Weems wrote (as quoted by Barton): "Sons and daughters of Columbia, gather yourselves together around the bed of your expiring father--around the last bed of him to whom you and your children owe, under God, many of the best blessings of this life."
In other words, "Under God" is not actually attributed to George Washington, but instead is addenda inserted by a fable writer. Is it any wonder that these people feel persecuted? They're pretentious morons and liars who believe they know what is best for the rest of the world, facts notwithstanding.