'If the King's English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for the children of Texas!'
Whether the attribution is correct or not, it -- and other statements like it, which often grant St. Paul familiarity with either English or the KJV -- have always succinctly expressed a certain attitude that you encounter more often than you'd like to: self-righteousness combined with ignorance.
How delightful, then, to find a similar, and more reliably sourced, addition to this great tradition.
When running for governor of Alaska in 2006, Sarah Palin (and other candidates) were sent a questionnaire that asked their opinions on a variety of topics.
Let's see if you can find what's wrong with her answer (via The Stone of Tear, via PZ):
11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
[Palin:] Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
That's right: the pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (a Christian socialist no less).
Its original version, moreover, was a bit simpler than today's: 'I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'
'Under God' was added in 1954.
I like the original version better.
If it was good enough for Francis Bellamy, it's good enough for me.
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