Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Amazing Take On The Pledge Debate

In reading through the most recent COTG submissions, I stumbled across this essay. The author reimagines the "under God" Pledge debate in racial terms, replacing "under God" with "white", and seeing how it would play out in a hypothetical classroom setting. It's a very powerful essay, and does something very rare. It gives us a new analytical tool. Any time a religious issue comes up, just switch it with a different controversial issue, preferably one that is recent, but essentially resolved.

I know, I know. This may not be strictly new, but this essay is truly amazing. It's well worth reading, and brings the Pledge debate into crystal clear perspective.

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