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This is a podcast taking a deep dive into the controversial history of the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Update (May 15):

We hit our initial goal! Thank you to everyone who donated! 

You want a stretch goal? Here's the stretch goal: If we can make it to $7,500, all donors at the $10 tier or higher will receive an ebook (PDF, at least) containing a transcript for the entire series. 

Now back to our normally scheduled Kickstarter.

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For more than a decade, I’ve been writing about church/state separation at FriendlyAtheist.com. I often write about the results of cases -- and almost always about current judicial decisions. I don't really get the chance to go more in-depth into older cases.

I'm fixing that with this podcast by offering an in-depth exploration of one of the most controversial (and unlikely) topics in the history of Establishment Clause cases: The Pledge of Allegiance. 

Among the questions I explore...

Why did we ever think this salute was a good idea (and when did that change)?

Did this guy's presidential campaign suffer because he opposed recitation of the Pledge in school?

How much credit do we need to give Jehovah's Witnesses for refusing to say it? (Spoiler: A lot!) 

The Pledge has truly been a microcosm of how our legal system handles church/state separation cases. Telling its history means talking about religious (and non-religious) minorities fighting for their civil rights; Supreme Court justices who realized they made a huge mistake; acts of violence against dissenters; political backstabbing; questionable legal strategies; questions of child custody; and a marketing tool that people took way too seriously.

Consider this the church/state equivalent of “Hardcore History”: One person telling an in-depth story, hopefully without sounding like a dull textbook.  Everything will be thoroughly researched, written, and recorded by me. (Want to know what my voice sounds like? You can check out my current podcast! Keep in mind this series will be recorded in a professional studio.)

The audio project is going to be several hours long (I'm still deciding whether to release it in one giant episode or multiple shorter ones), but it should be ideal for a long road trip or for anyone who would love to learn more about these cases from a trusted voice.

If this Kickstarter goes well, I would love to continue making other episodes as part of a broader project called The Supreme Court v. Church/State Separation (A Podcast). But it starts with this series on the Pledge. 

The goal is to raise $5,000. That includes:

  • $500 for graphic design work for the entire series.
  • $700 for studio rental to record everything professionally.
  • $250 for Kickstarter fees.
  • $250 for additional Kickstarter payment processing fees. 
  • $100 for reward fulfillment.
  • $100 for background music.
  • The rest is for the time spent researching the material and distributing it. Obviously, that's flexible since it's just me, but the amount made beyond the goal will determine whether or not I continue the series after the Pledge podcast. (It has to be worth the time I'm spending on it... and I'm spending a lot of time on it!)

Risks and challenges

I don't anticipate any challenges here. I know where I will be recording the episode(s) and I know what research I need to write the script(s). I've released a weekly podcast without fail for several years, so I'm not worried about any risks!

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