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Under God in the Pledge of Allegiance

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Kaylee Lackey

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Origin of the Pledge Origin of the Pledge Enactment By Kaylee Lackey Under God in the Pledge Because of the phrase “Under God”, people argue whether or not it should be included in the pledge of allegiance. Cons Others argue that church and state should be kept separate “like our Founding Fathers intended"
and that the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance goes against the First Amendment that states “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion,”
Even though 80% of Americans support this phrase, the Constitution protects minority rights against majority will. Cons In 2005 The American Humanist Association said that the pledge specifically targets children because it is required in public schools, and that its not the reading of a historic document, but a swearing of a loyal oath and similar to prayer.
The First Amendment requires the government to be neutral towards religion, and to force this religious belief on students is not within its rights. Pros Cons http://undergod.procon.org/ In September 1892, Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge of Allegiance. The Pledge of Allegiance became part of the U.S Flag Code in 1942 In 1954 President Eisenhower added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. The original Pledge was "I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Manual of Patriotism Pros http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/aa101602a.htm April 22nd, 1898,New York; the first flag salute statute was passed requiring students to recite the pledge of allegiance. There was actually 5 separate pledges that teachers could choose from. The original pledge was placed as fifth. The superintendent of new York state required a "Manual of Patriotism". Bellamy was a Baptist clergyman and a socialist. It was Passed by New York State Senator Henry Coggeshall "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Should the words "Under God" be in the Pledge of Allegiance? Core Question Pros Some argue that the phrase “reflects America’s civic culture and is not a religious statement”.
Also state constitutions, currency, federal laws and the presidential oath also reference God.
About 80% of Americans support the phrase. 1954 During the Flag Day Speech, President Eisenhower's speech about the pledge explains that he did not add the phrase “Under god” in the pledge of allegiance to support Christianity, but to Promote Nationalism in times of war.
The pledge was written to encourage students all over the United States to support their Country, not religion. In 2006 at the Call to Renewal Conference, President Barack Obama said “Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation - context matters. It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase 'under God.' I didn't.”
He is saying that those who police the boundaries between church and state are blowing it way out of proportion and that the phrase “under God” in the pledge of allegiance is not in any way trying to promote one religion over another. In 2004 the Associate Dean for Research, Douglas Laycock stated that people would not get angry if it really was reciting historical documents, but its not.
They get angry because of the meaning behind the words, they know what the words mean, the kids know what the words mean, and they want to force other kids into saying what the words mean and what they believe.
But we all know that the words "Under God" really mean under GOD. In the 1890's the Pledge of Allegiance was submitted to a magazine in Boston as a piece for a promotional campaign. It was written to encourage patriotism in schools and to standardize the fag salute. Work Cited The Original Pledge http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Pledge_of_Allegiance.aspx In 1923 at National Flag Conferences, they changed the words "my flag" to "the flag of the United States of America" to be more specific. Flag Code The flag code says that in order to properly say the pledge you should have to...
Face the flag
Stand at attention
Place your right hand over your heart
Remove all not religious head wear
All military personnel should salute
Everyone should remain silent
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