The Pledge’s Rights

May 6, 2004

Assemblyman Gary D. Finch (R,C,I-Springport), third row, right, was joined by his Assembly colleagues on the majestic Million Dollar Staircase at the Capitol in Albany to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The public event was conducted to garner support for an Assembly resolution to keep the phrase "under God" in the pledge.

Assemblyman Finch said, "To remove the phrase ‘under God’ from the pledge would be like removing the stars from the flag. Since 9/11, and the onset of the war on terror, this country lives and breathes its patriotism. Our national pledge, our national flag, our national monuments and our national anthem all represent the United States and its proud citizens. It is the privilege of some not to participate in the pledge or to leave out the phrase ‘under God,’ but the vast majority of Americans want the reference to God to remain in the pledge."