pledge of allegiance

Sometimes I wonder if we should really be saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” at our parochial school. Jonah Goldberg writes about its socialist origins:

Religion was the glue that held this American national socialism together. Bellamy believed that his brand of socialist nationalism was the true application of Jesus’ teachings. His cousin Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, was similarly devoted. A founding member of the First Nationalist Club of Boston and co-founder of the Society of Christian Socialists, Francis wrote a sermon, “Jesus, the Socialist,” that electrified parishes across the country. In an expression of his “military socialism,” the Pledge of Allegiance was accompanied by a fascist or “Roman” salute to the flag in American public schools. Indeed, some contend that the Nazis got the idea for their salute from America.

Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Kindle Locations 4064-4070)