Who is This Man?
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS MAN?
Here are a few hints:
— He born on May 18, 1855, in Mount Morris, NY. He lived much of his life in Rome, NY.
— He became an active member of the First Baptist Church, where his father was a minister. He also became a minister and author.
— He once ran for the office of Governor of New York State, but lost.
— He was a self-described “Christian Socialist” who (in his own words) championed “the rights of working people and the equal distribution of economic resources,” which he believed was inherent in the teachings of Jesus.
— While speaking as a minister, he was once removed from the pulpit in Boston for preaching out against the evils of capitalism.
— Later in his life, he left the ministry and stopped attending church altogether, reportedly because of the racism he witnessed there.
— His career as a preacher ended because of his tendency to describe Jesus as a socialist. He taught classes with topics such as “Jesus the socialist,” “What is Christian Socialism?”, and “Socialism versus anarchy.”
— Today, he’s widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the early American socialist movement.
So, who is this person?
His name is Francis Bellamy.
Who? So, what was he best known for?
FRANCIS BELLAMY wrote THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. *
So, next time you think the principles of democratic socialism are anti-American, try this: Say your pledge and remember the words and wisdom of its author.
Footnote: Bellamy wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance, which did not contain the words, “under God.” He believed in the absolute separation of church and state and did not include the phrase “under God” in his pledge, which was added in the 1950s, 25 years after Bellamy’s death.