Pledge of Allegiance Feedback (pg.6)
Every morning across the United States, over 60 million teachers and students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Many of those teachers and kids may soon be pledging to a different tune. - Page 4
Kidz Submit By:Nickname: mase2002
OK, I think that it is absurd to make children in public schools recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I am a Christian and I believe in God. However, why should we have to pledge our allegiance to a flag? Our flag holds very little meaning to me. Second of all, polytheists, atheists and non-Christians are being forced to recognize that our country is under God and not whatever deity or deities they do or do not hold precious. That's my opinion for what it is worth.
Kidz Submit by:Nickname: jitterbux
Many people feel that they should not have to say the Pledge because they should not have to "pledge to a God." The illiteracy of American's absolutely amazes me! You aren't pledging to God, you are pledging to the FLAG (otherwise known as the symbol of our country!) Others say that it violates the "Seperation of Church and State." Nonsense... there is NO SUCH LAW! The idea was in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson and to this day it is not a legal stipulation. And as for the argument that the phrase "Under God" has not always been there... SO WHAT! Women haven't ALWAYS been allowed to vote, should we change that too? And God does not only refer to the Christian God. God actually is defined as "universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions." Nowhere in this definition does it say anything about Christianity. There is also no law forcing anyone to say any particular part of the Pledge. Not only that, but if we change it in the Pledge then we would have to change about a million other things as well. Our money, for instance, says "In God We Trust" and in a courtroom before giving testimony you have to put your hand on a BIBLE and swear to "Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, SO HELP YOU GOD!" Taking "under God" out of the Pledge is complete and total nonsense! It hasn't been a problem since 1954 and I don't see why it is such a problem now.
Kidz Submit by:Nickname: lilgymnast787
The phrase "under God" should be removed from the Pledge. Most people think that the Pledge is just offensive to Atheists. Wrong! The phrase is also offensive to Jews, Islams, Deists, Buddhists, and many other polytheists. The pilgrims first came to America to escape a state church. We are encountering the exact same problem here! Also, the Pledge was originally written by a minister, who purposely left out any mention of God, because of the belief in separation of church and state. I noticed the last three or so entries mentioned people who do not feel comfortable saying the Pledge could just sit down. Newsflash - It is against the law in Florida to not say the Pledge at the beginning of each school day. Also, in California, it is law that you make a patriotic observance at the beginning of each school day. So, these children would be breaking the law. I also noticed that people were suggesting we take off the words "in God we trust" from bills, and having judges remove their oath of office, but that is not the same issue. The problem with the Pledge is that it is a law, and the First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." And krystyle, not everyone believes in "God." In fact, a majority of people on this earth are Islamic, and Islams are offended by the pledge, because they refer to Allah as "The God," not "God." As far as thinking that everyone believes in "God" is very self-centered and arrogant - but hey, isn't that American?
Kidz Submit by:Nickname: no true fate
I understand people have issues with the Pledge of Allegiance, but you could just sit down. If people can make a big deal about two words and take it to court, why can't they do the same with a law in Florida? Secondly, you may believe in no God, many gods, or in something entirely different, God IS coming back to take back his believers. And for the people who said the currency and the Pledge have nothing in common, you are wrong! The currency is printed out by the Federal government. I think that Dr. Newdew should return his money. And THIRDLY, the Gettysburg Address has the God mentioned in it. If we are to take out two words, then why not take out currency, oaths, the Constitution, and a whole bunch of other Federal and State items? WE Americans Founded it, UNDER GOD, and now people wanna change it? Go to American History class once in your school years.
Kidz Submit by:Nickname: Lexi2007
It's not so much as the changing of the Pledge but more like the meaning behind it. In Texas, they have just passed the law saying that we students have to say the Pledge every morning. Thankfully, my teacher doesn't think that we should be forced to. You can't just cram this stuff down our throats. I'm atheist, the Pledge offends me so I don't say it. And the first teacher that tries to make me is gonna get it because I'm very firm about this one asspect.
Kidz Submit by:Nickname: Viskei_rocker
We are founded under God. We believe in Him. If we take Him out of our country and the things we stand for, we might as well not be a free country. We are a blessed country because of Him, he has given us that. It may offend some people but those are a minority and if you please them, you are offending an even bigger group, the majority who do believe! DO NOT TAKE HIM OUT!
Kidz Submit by:Nickname: bashababob
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