Note: When these folks (including Scholz) use the term "nation," they are not referring those who pay taxes. No, they are referring to the social apparatus of coercion and compulsion (politicians and bureaucrats) that has arrogated our rights and our property, and desires to arrogate our families. Will WE abrogate with a sigh?
From Sally Scholz's review of Public Education--America's Civil Religion: A Social History over at TCRecord.org:
Education in every era, the authors suggest, is the primary instrument in fostering civil religion. The Pledge of Allegiance is the most prominent statement of the creed. When it was first written in the early 1890s, the Pledge commemorated Christopher Columbus’ landing 400 years earlier. The Pledge soon became a “national rite” and a centerpiece of our civil religion. Schools fostered national solidarity and although the growing sense of nation-pride may have started with the simple rite of the Pledge, Bankston and Caldas show how holidays celebrating American heroes like Washington and Lincoln took on the aura of holy days in the civil religion, uniting fellow countrymen and women in a collective expression of faith in the nation. They offer a stirring summary of the development of these elements of ritual for our civil religion: “By the end of World War I, the nondenominational state cult of American civil religion entailed sacred objects and places (the flag and monuments), a set of rituals based on those objects and places, martyrs and holy ancestors (the dead of American wars and the Founding Fathers), sacred days of commemoration, a creed (the Pledge), and a strong sense of the transcendent nature of the nation” (67). Schools taught the histories, practiced the rites, and celebrated the holidays that sustained and nurtured the faith in the nation.