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  1. Bible-boy

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    Don't buy Pepsi in the new can. Pepsi has a new "patriotic" can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Building, and the Pledge of Allegiance on them. However, Pepsi left out two little words on the pledge, "Under God." Pepsi said they didn't want to offend anyone. In that case, we don't want to offend anyone at the Pepsi corporate office, either! So if we don't buy any Pepsi product, they will not be offended when they don't receive our money that has the words "In God We Trust" on it.
     
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    This is an old story, but its not true. Like many urban legends, it has some basis in reality, in that Dr Pepper (not Pepsi) once released a can with the statue of liberty surrounded by the words, "Indivisible" and "One Nation" with the intent to show unity after 9-11.

    Pepsi has been dogged by the rumor ever since, even though 1) it wasn't them and 2) it was never an attempt to have the pledge minus the words "under God," and 3) no one ever said it was to not offend anyone.

    You can learn about this and other email rumors here:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/undergod.asp

    and Pepsi has addressed it on their own website as well:

    http://www.pepsi.com/corporate/false_rumor/index.php
     
  4. His Blood Spoke My Name

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    From Snopes.com:

    Claim:[FONT=&quot] A new Pepsi can design omits the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.

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    Status:False.[FONT=&quot]

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    Pepsi has a new patriotic can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Bldg. and the Pledge of Allegiance on them. But Pepsi forgot two little words on the pledge, "Under God." Pepsi said they did not want to offend anyone.

    If this is true then we do not want to offend anyone at the Pepsi corporate office. If we do not buy any Pepsi product then they will not receive any of our monies. Our money after all does have the words "Under God" on it. Please pass this word to everyone you know. Tell your Sunday School class tomorrow and tell your Pastors so that they can tell the whole congregation. Christians stand up and let your voices be heard. We want the words "under God" to be read by every person who buys a can.


    [FONT=&quot][Collected on the Internet, 2003][/FONT]

    To drink or not to drink?

    Coca-Cola has a new patriotic can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Building and the Pledge of Allegiance on them. But Coke forgot two little words on the pledge, "Under God."

    Coke said they did not want to offend anyone. If this is true then we do not want to offend anyone at the Coke corporate office. If we do not buy any Coke products then they will not receive any of our monies. Our money, after all, does have the words "Under God" on it.

    If you agree with this policy, please pass this word to everyone you know. Coke doesn't have the right to rewrite the Pledge Of Allegiance!! If you do not agree, just erase or delete this message.

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    Origins:[FONT=&quot] Although there once was some truth to the item quoted above, the information it contains is long outdated and never had anything to do with Pepsi or Coca-Cola. Neither soda company is producing, or has ever produced, redesigned cans bearing any portion of the Pledge of Allegiance or an image of the Empire State Building. This issue concerns a special patriotic can design produced by Dr Pepper back in November 2001, a can which was marketed for a limited time and has been off of store shelves for three years now (since February 2002).

    The brouhaha began in mid-November 2001, when the Dr Pepper soft drink company, in response to the terrorist attacks on America a few months earlier, introduced a new can design featuring the Statue of Liberty with the words "ONE NATION . . . INDIVISIBLE" from the Pledge of Allegiance displayed above it: [/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Dr Pepper did not print the entire Pledge of Allegiance on their cans while leaving out the words 'under God'; they invoked the Pledge of Allegiance by using a mere three words from the pledge. However, because the three words Dr Pepper chose to use were the words surrounding the phrase 'under God' (which was not itself part of the original pledge as written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 but was added to the pledge by an act of Congress in 1954) the new patriotic can design prompted calls for boycotts from some religious groups and news media who maintained that Dr Pepper had "omitted 'under God'" from their version of the Pledge (because it falls where Dr Pepper used ellipses) and publicized the issue by encouraging a campaign of sending e-mail and letters of complaint to the Dr Pepper company: [/FONT]
    Dr Pepper has designed a new patriotic can featuring the Statue of Liberty and the Pledge of Allegiance, but they left out the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. When asked why, Dr Pepper replied: "We felt 'One Nation . . . Indivisible' best represented the message we were trying to get across."

    Dr Pepper has also used the excuse that wasn't enough room on the can for the words "Under God". The real reason is that the company didn't want to risk offending anyone who doesn't believe in God. Bad timing. After the events of 9/11, that's just not politically correct anymore! ...


    Much of the information being circulated on this subject is incomplete or inaccurate. Here are the facts:

    ...The can, released last November, features an image of the Statue of Liberty along with the words "One Nation . . . Indivisible." The special packaging was designed to reflect our pride in this country's determination to stand together as one. The Statue of Liberty and Pledge of Allegiance were chosen as two of the greatest symbols of American freedom.

    Due to space limitations on the can, only a few of the 31 words from the Pledge of Allegiance could be used. The available area for graphics limited the amount of verbiage on the can. Of the 31 words in the Pledge of Allegiance, only three were included. More than 90 percent were not included.

    We at Dr Pepper/Seven Up strongly believe that the message on these cans is a resoundingly patriotic, bipartisan message that we are a united nation.

    More than 41 million special edition cans were ordered by Dr Pepper bottlers in portions of a dozen states. Because the limited edition patriotic can is to be retired in February, you will soon see regular packaging graphics for Dr Pepper at your local retail stores.

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    [FONT=&quot]along the way this message morphed into the version quoted at the head of this page, which inaccurately attributes the "Pledge" can design to Pepsi. Dr Pepper and Pepsi are two completely different companies: Pepsi is a product of the Pepsico corporation; Dr Pepper is a product of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, whose corporate parent is Cadbury Schweppes. (Dr Pepper is produced and distributed by Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottlers in some parts of the USA, but the Dr Pepper company has never been owned by either of those soft drink giants as the Washington Times erroneously reported.)

    In February 2003 we began seeing the call to boycott the soda bottler who had omitted "Under God" from its patrotic cans aimed at Coca-Cola. It was the same wording as the summons to arms against Pepsi that had circulated a year earlier but with "Coke" replacing "Pepsi" in the text. It too was false, as Coca-Cola had had no more to do with the short-lived Dr Pepper cans than had Pepsi.

    However one may feel about the Dr Pepper can design, writing to the company now and threatening to boycott them until they "put 'under God' back on their cans" is pointless. The patriotic "Pledge" can was produced only between November 2001 and February 2002, it was only sold in parts of twelve states, it has long since been retired, and it has not been available in stores since that one time.

    An interesting contrast is provided by Time magazine's 24 September 2001 cover (displayed to the right), which used the same words in its headline but prompted very few complaints.

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    Before passing on lies and slandering a company, Christians need to check it out first. Isn't bearing false witness one of the big Ten? Shame on you Bible Boy!
     
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    I dont buy Pepsi because it has a louzy taste. Coca Cola is much better.
     
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    Yes this is a hoax. However it does not send people from sending me junk email warnings about not drinking Pepsi. I got an email from a friend just this morning about this. I just hit delete. :laugh:

    Honestly I don't drink Pepsi or Coke since I don't drink soft drinks.
     
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    Just what do you drink? :laugh:
     
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    ==I stopped drinking sodas several years ago because my asthma worsened and the doctor told me to stop drinking sodas and eating chocolate. I don't know that it helped my asthma that much after all those things come and go but I did notice that I slept better and I even lost a few pounds. I never picked sodas back up for that reason but also because after going without sodas for several years they don't really taste that good anymore and they burn like everything. Now I drink mostly water. Usually I will drink some orange/apple/grape juice in the morning and I will allow myself one cup of tea per day. I do like coffee but I can't drink it because it gives me heartburn.

    I use to know this girl who stopped eating meat on a dare while she was in high school. She has not eaten any meat ever since. The reasons were much the same as my reasons for staying away from sodas. She felt better and when she tried to start eating it again it made her sick.
     
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    That is great advice. Regardless of what we drink, we all need more water.
     
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    Amen brother :thumbs:
     
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    Even if this story had been true, I wouldn't have let "under God" left off keep me from buying it. You buy soft drinks to drink, not for political, patriotic or thological issues. This is one of the problems facing many Christians and evangelism in general. The world looks at us like a bunch of nuts for our legalistic stances on such trivial issues.
     
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    I know of a situation where this very rumor almost cost someone his job. A pepsi sales rep set our church up with a couple of pepsi machines. He also had a few other churches with machines, but he was a member of our church. The secretary of our church got this email, didn't bother to check the facts, and had it forwarded and posted everywhere. Before long, not only was our church ready to get rid of the pepsi machines, but so were many area churches. This was going to be tough on the man who worked for pepsi if he had lost all the accounts.

    It is very easy to check most mass emails. Snopes.com is a great resource, but in this case you can find the answer right there at pepsi.com. How hard is that to check? Christians really ought to care for truth a little more than this.
     
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    Sorry folks, I got the e-mail from a trusted relative. I assumed it to be true based on the source. I did not think to check the urban ledgends websites. Likewise, I did not bear false witness because when I posted the text I thought and believed it to be true. A lie (or false witness) is intentional. I simply made a misinformed mistake. Now if you want to accuse me of gossiping by passing on unverified imformation you may have a point. However, I have already repented and asked the Lord to forgive my foolishness. Now the truth is out there thanks to those of you who sought out the facts and other BB users will know better in the future. So indeed God does work all things together for the good....
     
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    Pepsi and Coca-Cola are both very useful in removing salt spray rust from deckplates.

    Soda is just awful for you, I don't see how anyone could drink it.
     
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    In the south we use them to help remove dead bugs from our windshields. Pour a soda on the glass and let it "eat" for a bit then hit the windshield washer or a good blast with a water hose.
     
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    Yup. Soda, it'll eat thru anything, including your teeth, stomach, liver........

    It's the choice of a new generation, I suppose.

    On a side note, I think shame is a strong word. Perhaps some of us will never make that mistake, but I certainly have, and I think you handled this very well.
     
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    Thanks.:godisgood:
     
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    If you 'must' have cola, or lemon-lime, or whatever flavor soda pop, then just buy the cheapest store brand you can find. If there's any difference, I can't detect it. But even if you can, why do you insist of the "best" for your precious little tastebuds when you could give the difference in money to the hungry in many spots of the world where that dollar or 2 could keep them alive for a day or 2?

    The gall of a Coke v. Pepsi debate or "Pepsico don't feed my ego so I won't buy it!"

    BTW even though the premise of the OP is false, what about Coke claiming to be THE real thing? Shouldn't that be something or someOne else?
     
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    Bible boy, your contrition is noted! Also, please accept my apologies if my strong comeback offended you, brother.
     
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