At a recent press conference in Albany, Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia (R,C-East Northport) urges New Yorkers to show their support for keeping the reference to God in the pledge. The Assemblyman is supporting a state resolution to address the issue.
"This nation was founded on the principle of inalienable rights, given to us by a Higher Authority," Raia said. "Our government repeatedly recognizes that our country was founded "under God" on U.S. currency and national monuments. Congress reaffirmed this through the 1954 inclusion of "under God" in our nationís Pledge of Allegiance. Despite the vast majority of Americans who approve of the pledge as it is, a very small fringe group is trying to rewrite history."
The Assembly resolution petitions the governor, the U.S. Congress, President Bush and the U.S. Supreme Court to proclaim that the phrase "one nation under God" should not be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Additionally, the resolution memorializes Gov. Pataki to recognize June 14, 2004 as the 50th anniversary of the current rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance. It also proclaims June 14 as the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag Day in New York state.
"While the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledged in 1963 that referring to God in the pledge simply recognizes that our nation is historically founded Ďunder Godí, they also ruled that no one is forced to recite the pledge or include the reference to God when they do so. This removes any justification to rewrite American history," Raia said.