Monday, February 23, 2015

One nation, under God...

Richard "Red" Skelton (1914-1997) grew up in Vincennes, Indiana. Each morning at Harrison Elementary School he and his classmates recited the Pledge of Allegiance, but he never really knew what it meant until 1923, when the Principal explained it word-by-word. Skelton went on to become one of America's best-loved comics in the '40s and '50s, and was admitted to the Clown Hall of Fame in 1989, but he was much more than an interpretive clown. One of his best-known skits was performed on his TV show in January, 1969.

Some Americans were protesting that the word "God" in the Pledge of Allegiance made it a prayer, and therefore illegal to recite in school because of the separation of church and state. Your heart will be touched if you watch Red explain what the pledge really means, linked here.

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