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Omitted the Words "Under God" From a Quote of The Pledge of Allegiance
On Patriotic Soda Cans-Truth!...Sort
This message says that Dr
Pepper is coming out with a set of soft drink cans with a
patriotic theme. One of them is to have the Statue of
Liberty on one side and the Pledge of Allegiance on the
other. But, the phrase "under God" was not
included in the pledge. Some versions of the eRumor include
an 800 number for you to call Dr Pepper and complain. Others
urge you to send a note of protest via their website.
According to the Dr Pepper website at www.dpsu.com,
there is a special patriotic edition Dr Pepper can. A statement by Dr
Pepper/Seven Up says the cans are to "...show support for the patriotic
fervor that has been sweeping America since the tragic events of
Sept. 11, 2001, and to show the world that we are a united nation
of people who place a high value upon
One side of the can includes the Statue of Liberty and on the
other side are three words from the Pledge of Allegiance, not the
entire 31 word Pledge. The words on the can are "One
nation...indivisible." In the actual Pledge, that
phrase is "One nation under God, indivisible."
Critics say that omitting the reference to God is an act of
political correctness by the company and that those who believe in
God should complain about it. The Dr Pepper/Seven Up folks
say their purpose was to reflect the unity of the country, not to
make an anti-religious statement and that 90 percent of the rest
of the Pledge did not appear either.
Most of the questions to TruthOrFiction.com have been from people
who thought the entire pledge had been quoted on the can but with
the words "under God" left out. There is at least one
version of the eRumor that claims that.
The protest arose when a 12-year-old girl wrote a letter to the
American Family Association in Mississippi to complain about the
partial quote from the Pledge of Allegiance She said there
could be enough room to include
the phrase "under God" and the American Family Association suggests that it
was more a matter of choice to avoid reference to God rather than
Forty-one million of the cans have been distributed in more than a
dozen states and have been discontinued as of February.
There is a virtually identical version of the eRumor that says it
was Pepsi that took the words off the patriotic can. That
one is false.
real example of the story as it has been circulated:
As you may or may not have heard, Dr Pepper is coming out with a
patriotic set of soda cans.
The problem is that one of the cans will have the Statue of
side and the
Pledge of Allegiance on the other. Why is this a problem? Dr
taken upon themselves
to remove "Under God". The can will read "One
Nation, ... , Indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for All".
This has got to stop. When a handful of people wanted to stop
school, I did nothing. I wasn't
in school any longer so it didn't seem to bother me. I know this
sound hypocritical for me to now
want to be involved, and I really can't explain why this seems to
my heart, but it does. I have
children now and maybe that's the reason. For all of you with
school, or grandchildren or nieces
or nephews, this has touched you more than me. I see the world in
shape that it is in today and
worry about the shape that it will be in when my children are
attend grammer, middle and
high school. What part will God play in the future? Will he even
This action from the Dr Pepper corporate office is no more than
on Believers. This does not
target any specific denomination. This does not target christians.
is a slap in the face of both Believers
in the One True God and Americans in general. My father fought in
for his country. The Pledge of Allegiance is
a symbol of what they were fighting for, just as the flag that
today. The audicity of any single organization
to take it upon themselves to change such an institution as the
Allegiance is more than I can stand.
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