Exposing a lie or perpetuating it?

Today's Peanuts cartoon has me wondering:

Clearly the last panel turns our Pledge into a prayer, which basically it is anyway. I'm just not sure if this cartoon was meant to draw attention to that fact or if it was to keep the lie alive...?
Hypatia on 09/08/2010 20:16

Charles Schultz described himself as a secular humanist, so I tend to think maybe he was drawing attention to it.

On the other hand, it wasn't uncommon for him to include religion (usually of the christian variety) in the Peanuts strip, and I think in the case of this particular one a lot of people probably saw it as an endorsement of viewing the pledge as a sort of prayer.

Skeeve on 09/09/2010 14:26

I thought he was a humanist, but wasn't sure. It could very well be he was making a secular statement with this cartoon. A very subtle statement, perhaps.

catman on 09/09/2010 14:55

It's subtle, all right. I'd say he was endorsing the Pledge and prayer if I didn't think he was a secular humanist, so I don't know what it means.

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