|"liberty and justice for all" ~ means all human life!|
As you all know, we have been adding the words "for the born and the unborn" to the end of the Pledge of Allegiance for a long time. As you also know, these words are not part of the official Pledge of Allegiance, which ends with the words "with liberty and justice for all".
The Supreme Council continues to fight the battle on behalf of all of us to keep the words "under God" in our official pledge. They will continue to fight this battle. They will also continue the battle to defend Life from conception until natural end. All of us can be proud of their efforts in both of these areas.
However, they are concerned that adding the words "for the born and the unborn" to the end of the pledge might lead people to believe that we think of the born and unborn as different. This is certainly not true. They are also concerned that the "appearance" of our changing the Pledge could open up the debate even further to eliminate the words "under God" from the official pledge.
Accordingly, effective immediately, we are directed not to add the words "for the born and the unborn" to the end of the pledge. We are also reminded that the words "one nation" and the words "under God" do not have any punctuation between them and should be said as one phrase -- "one nation under God".
I know that not saying the additional words at the end of the Pledge is a major change for all of us. However, we as Catholics and as Knights will continue to believe that life begins at conception and therefore all human life is considered when we say "with liberty and justice for all". Our Supreme Master, along with the Supreme Council, is asking all Knights to use the correct pledge and drop the additional wording. Remember, this does not, in any way, change our sanctity of life stance or beliefs that show in many other ways.
Please be advised that while this advice is coming through the Fourth Degree, it applies to the Councils as well as the Assemblies. Our Vice Supreme Master has sent a note to all of the State Deputies in the Calvert Province as well as the Regional Program Consultants. I discussed this with State Deputy Kelly Mortensen last night at our home Assembly meeting and I announced it at the meeting. Kelly and I also agreed that it would be announced again at the State Council meeting on March 7th.
I thank you for your help in getting the word out to everyone. In that regard, I ask that the Navigators forward this message to all of their members as soon possible. I also ask that the State Deputy have the Executive Secretary forward the message to all of the State Council e-mail distribution lists.
Thanks for your help and cooperation in making this change happen. Should anyone have any questions or comments, please let me know.
Richard G. “Richie” Head
Master, Virginia District
Knights of Columbus
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