Monday, July 30, 2007

Refusing to Stand

At the blog "No More Hornets", one author (whose name appears nowhere on his blog as far as I was able to determine), speaks about the importance of Americans remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance.

He took as his role model Exeter councillor Paul Pettinger in England who refused to stand for a convocational prayers. Pettinger protested that he was an atheist and thought it was wrong to pressure people to participate in a religious service when they did not share that religious views.

The anonymous author at No More Hornets then asks:

Who among our governmental officials has ever dared to utter the opinion that convocational prayer is “highly inappropriate”? No one.

This is not true.

David Habecker, of Estes Park, Colorado, refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

As a result, the Voters of Estes Park held a recall election in which they removed Habecker from office.

Yet, even in the Atheist community, virtually nobody knows his name.

Any atheist discussing the bigotry in this country should be able to recall Habecker's story in an instant, as soon as somebody protests that "under God" is not used to establish a religion in this country.


tinny ray said...

Good post. Another school year is here and it is time to teach students about their right to remain seated and reject the Pledge of Allegiance and its robotic ritualism. Please help inform the public about new discoveries showing that the Pledge was the
origin of the notorious stiff-arm salute of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazis).

The government also popularized robotic chanting to flags. The swastika was popularized as S-shaped symbolism for "socialism" in the late 1800's and early 1900's in the United States, eventually migrating to Germany with the
straight-arm gesture.

A frightening photograph is at
More amazing photographs are at

Those historical facts explain the enormous size and scope of government
today, and the USA's growing police state. They are reasons for massive
reductions in government, taxation, spending and socialism.

"Stop The Pledge" (STP), a pressure group, works to repeal laws in those
states that still retain a daily Pledge ritual in government schools. The
group needs help in notifying the public to contribute information (via
email at or the contact info below) for a
study of how many students are taught the whole history of the Pledge; how
many students still chant robotically each day; and how many students feel
they would be disciplined or persecuted for refusals. Many students say that
they sit during the Pledge because they "refuse to kiss the government's
butt every morning." STP pays students to reject robotic ritualism and to
"take the pledge not to pledge."

The ongoing Pledge litigation in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in
California includes these issues in the brief by Attorney Rex Curry at
The brief is archived under "current litigation" at

Dr. Curry showed that the early Pledge Of Allegiance did not use an ancient
Roman salute, and that the 'ancient Roman salute' myth came from the Pledge
Of Allegiance.

Government schools in the USA popularized the straight-arm salute for three
decades before, and through, the creation of the National Socialist German
Workers' Party (NSGWP). People were persecuted for refusing to perform
robotic chanting to the national flag at the same time in the USA and
Germany (to the American flag, and to the German symbol flag).

The dogma behind the Pledge was the same dogma that led to the socialist
Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part): ~60 million slaughtered
under the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; ~50 million under the
Peoples' Republic of China; ~20 million under the National Socialist German
Workers' Party. It was the worst slaughter of humanity ever.

The author of the Pledge (1892), Francis Bellamy, was a self-proclaimed
National Socialist, as was his cousin to Edward Bellamy, author of an
international bestseller that launched the Nationalism movement globally.
Edward's book was translated into every major language, including German.
The Bellamy boys promoted "Military Socialism." They wanted government to
take over all schools and impose robotic chanting to flags. When the
government granted their wish, government schools imposed segregation by law
and taught racism as official policy. That behavior even outlasted German
National Socialism.

Children are coerced into the robotic ritualism of the socialist's pledge
daily, and never learn of America's anti government libertarianism.

In addition to the notorious salute, American socialists (e.g. Edward
Bellamy teamed with the Theosophical Society) also bear some blame for the
notorious symbol used by the National Socialist German Workers Party on its
Swastika flag. While Edward and the Theosophical Society worked together,
the swastika symbol was used by the Society. It was used as alphabetical
symbolism for socialism, and adopted later by German socialists as their
flag symbol. The NSGWP had clear roots in National Socialism promoted in the

Although an ancient symbol, the swastika was altered for use as overlapping
S-letters for 'socialism.' It was deliberately turned 45 degrees counter
clockwise and always oriented in the S-direction. Similar alphabetic
symbolism is still visible as the Volkswagen VW logo.

American soldiers used the swastika symbol in WWI (against Germany) and the
symbol was used by the American military during WWII.

The discoveries are part of the growing work of the historian Dr. Rex Curry
(author of "Pledge of Allegiance Secrets"). They have been reviewed and
verified on Wikipedia. Every journalist who has examined the new
discoveries has confirmed them. The research is receiving growing media

Fan mail is also growing for work exposing the Pledge's poisonous pedigree

The USA is still the worst example in the world of bizarre laws that require
robotic chanting to a national flag in government schools every day for 12
years. It has changed generations of Americans from libertarians to
authoritarians. The government bamboozled individuals into believing that
robotic group-chanting in government schools is a beautiful expression of

Real Americans don't pledge allegiance to big government. Help educate
students in the new school year.

Sheldon said...

"Yet, even in the Atheist community, virtually nobody knows his name."

Well I do, but then again, I also live in Colorado. He did get a page long article in The Humanist magazine several years back. Never saw mention of his case in Free Inquiry, which I read more regularly, but still might have missed it.