From Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, in a letter to NBC throwing a hissy fit about the omission of “under God” from the pledge of allegiance recently:
Omitting the section of the Pledge that affirms these beliefs strips the message of its meaning. More than any political connotation, this is why the Pledge of Allegiance is more than incomplete without the words “under God” and “indivisible.” It is also empty.
Really? Was the pledge of allegiance “empty” prior to 1954, when that phrase was added? Were schoolchildren forced to recite an “empty” statement every morning for decades prior to adding that phrase?