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The Pledge of Allegiance Debate: A Simple Solution

Updated on January 21, 2013

Once the bell rang, it was routine for me as a child to hear the obnoxious sound of the intercom and a voice asking the entire school to please rise for the Pledge of Allegiance. Looking at the stars and stripes in the corner of the classroom and laying a hand on my chest, I did as I was told. One day I even became that voice following the intercom's power-up, reciting the pledge for all of my peers to hear. Today, less schools are requiring our children to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

So, should we or should we not say the pledge? We've been looking at left and right wing politics for an answer. We've looked at our education system. We've looked at American history. What are we missing?

The Truth.

The wording of the Pledge of Allegiance has changed over the years. It's original draft, written in 1892, did not even include the name of our country. The second draft, written in 1923, was more specific as to which republic and flag we were speaking of. It wasn't until 1954 that President Eisenhower included the word "God." As many of you know, we were indeed 'one nation, under God" many years before that. Check your dollars bills if you don't believe me. So, why wait to bring God into it so late?

As a country equipped with open arms, it is easy to see why the word 'God' has become a huge issue for those who believe our children should not say the pledge in school. Just like our pledge, we too have evolved. Our nation no longer believes in one god.

The "Be Patriotic" Cry

If reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is really about our loyalty to our country, why have we left it worded in such an inaccurate way? Many people argue that we were founded upon God, which is why it should be left in the pledge; however, no revision to the pledge ever indicated that we are "one nation, founded under God." Our Pledge of Allegiance indicates that we are one nation, under one god. The real patriotic truth is, we should be equally loyal to what our country has become, not just what it was.

A Simple Solution...

Lowercase the 'G' and add a "S."

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under gods, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


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    • denisevirostek profile image

      denisevirostek 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Of course gods haven't been proven, which further reinforces my point that if everyone is so keen on saying 'God' anyway, lowercase the G and add an S :)

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      Joseph Mitchell 5 years ago from Nashville TN 37206.

      I am going to respond more to this later when i have more time and and resources. I gotta video that I am gonna send to you. The gyst of it is that our country and system was based upon Secular Greco-Roman Ideals as rediscoverd during the Rennaissonce, and it will leave no doubt whatsoever, these things are quite absolutely provable. That is not to say that we are not a nation of Christians or Spiritual Believers as far as the Popular and Electoral Vote goes, and that indeed would be a variable to consider. I was laughing and shaking my head at your article, it was cute. You have done some research and more than I at first thought. I support the Pledge, being said in class. Personally, I silently leave the God phraze out now, but I have no problem with other people and Christians doing what they do. You are aware that no gods have ever been proven. Using Jurisprudence Logic, the God Trial is a Mis-Trial. You knew that, question mark??? LOL!!