(4/11/2003) This one proves that all internet rumors can be equal opportunity offenders if given enough time. Based on real promotion, this latest bit of misinformation is so removed from the truth, it's laughable.
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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 this message. Think about it.
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In late 2001, Dr. Pepper issued a special-edition can design featuring the Statue of Liberty and three words from the Pledge of Allegiance: "One Nation...Indivisible." At a time when patriotic and religious sentiments were at a fever pitch, the omission of the words "under God" from that passage set off an alarm with many, leading to a poorly designed e-mail campaign to boycott the product.
Since the original chain letter was very light on facts, many well-meaning forwarders began adding to it. In no time at all, someone inaccurately identified Dr. Pepper as a Product of the Pepsi-Cola Company. Within days, Dr. Pepper was completely dropped from the chain, and Pepsi was pinpointed as the offensive cola. Now, someone has taken the Pepsi rumor and plopped in soda rival Coca-Cola.
No, Coca-Cola has not designed a new patriotic can omitting the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. Neither did Pepsi. And for the truth about Dr. Pepper, read this article. Break this chain.