-
x

Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Friends ff8c072dd79a91c1300f032d674241a8d64367100ffb1f25fa3f9bec4a05319f
Kidzworld Logo

Pledge of Allegiance Debate

Every morning across the United States of America, over 60 million teachers and students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. But, in 2002, a California man named Dr. Michael Newdow, sued the federal and state governments and his daughter's local school board because the words "under God" in the Pledge offended him, as he and his family are atheists (do not believe in God). The California court agreed, saying the Pledge of Allegiance was unconstitutional.

Two years later, on June 14, 2004, the Supreme Court over-ruled the California courts decision - leaving the words "under God" in the constitution for now. The ruling comes on the 50th anniversary of the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge.

The Issues - Pros and Cons of "under God"

Because it is law for religion and government to be separate, Dr. Michael Newdow took his case to court, and won. Judge Alfred T. Goodwin declared the Pledge to be unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court thought otherwise. Because Dr. Michael Newdow does not have "sufficient custody" of his daughter (Dr. Newdow and his wife are separated, so for now his daughter doesn't live with him full time), the Supreme Court says that Dr. Newdow doesn't have the legal right to sue on his daughter's behalf. Michael Newdow says he will still continue his fight to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge.

Pledge of Allegiance 101

If you're unfamiliar with the Pledge of Allegiance, here's what it says:
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

What Does It All Mean?

Children across the United States will continue to say the Pledge of Allegiance as it is written. However, the recent ruling by the Supreme Court does leave things open for others to still challenge the Pledge. If, for instance, Michael Newdow had full custody of his daughter, the result of this court case may have been different.

"Under God" - The History

Many argued that removing the words "under God" would be tampering with American tradition, but the truth is, the phrase "under God" was not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954. During the Cold War, the words were added to separate the United States from the "godless Communists".

What do you think about the Pledge of Allegiance debate? !

  • To find out what Kidzworld members have to say about the Pledge of Allegiance case, click here.

    Related Stories:

  • Flag Day
  • Controversial Religious Art
  • Pokemon Banned
  • More On Religion and Controversy
  • 7 Comments

    Related Stories

    F1025291062546

    Is God In Or Out?

    • I think the words "under God" should be removed.
    • I want the Pledge to stay just the way it is.
    • I'll wait to see what the court decides.
    • I don't really know what to think.

    General In The Forums

    ThePaleWalker636
    Well, they should because of the community, in my opinion. Even though this site is "meant for kids", almost everyone I've met is very mature and friendly. Bullies and trolls are very rare, and there are lots of things to do with lots of people.
    reply 12 minutes
    CaptJolee
    CaptJolee posted in Random:
    tbh the only good things about this website is the small talk and roleplays beyond that i prefer to not come on here
    reply 14 minutes
    ScoobysFriend
    ScoobysFriend posted in Debating:
    "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream" -Edgar Allen Poe 
    reply 17 minutes
    IlikeGUYS20
    IlikeGUYS20 posted in Random:
    How about-It's a great place to make friends- It's a great way to stay in touchHope that helps!
    reply about 1 hour
    drowning
    drowning posted in Debating:
    "According to the famous theory in quantum mechanics, 'The universe doesn't exist if we stop looking at it,' which argues that a particle's past behavior changes based on what we see. Last year, scientists performed a new experiment proving this theory to be true on the scale of atoms.   'The bizarre nature of reality as laid out by quantum theory has survived another test, with scientists performing a famous experiment and proving that reality does not exist until it is measured.'   According to the rules of quantum mechanics, the boundary between the 'world out there' and our own subjective consciousness are blurred. When physicists look at atoms or particles of light, what they see depends on how they have set up their experiment. To test this, physicists at the Australian National University recently conducted what is known as the John Wheeler's delayed-choice thought experiment. The experiment involves a moving object that is given the choice to act like a particle or a wave. Wheeler's experiment then asks - at which point does the object decide? Common sense says the object is either wave-like or particle-like, independent of how we measure it. But quantum physics predicts that whether you observe wave like behavior or particle behavior depends only on how it is actually measured at the end of its journey. 'It proves that measurement is everything. At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it,' said Associate Professor Andrew Truscott. Despite the apparent weirdness, the results confirm the validity of quantum theory. Quantum theory governs the world of the very small, and has enabled the development of many technologies such as LEDs, lasers and computer chips. The ĀNU reversed Wheeler's original concept of light beams being bounced by mirrors, and instead used atoms scattered by laser light."
    reply about 1 hour