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Should '...under God..." be officially removed from the National Pledge of Allegiance?
Here are the facts, like them or not-
1) It is illegal...pure and simple: The original Pledge never had the phrase "Under God". The Pledge of Allegiance was is written into US law, therefore, the added words "Under God" clearly violate the US Constitution.
The United States Pledge of Allegiance was originally written by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, in August 1892. He must have been a forward thinking fellow, and conscious of the constitution, because he avoided and did not add any phrases with religious context.
On June 22, 1942, The Pledge of Allegiance was recognized and indoctrinated into US law by congress when it was formally included in the U.S. Flag Code.
By 1954 (at the height of McCarthyism and the Cold War) the phrase "Under God" was first added to the pledge by Congress. This is when the intent of the pledge first deviated. It was a trying time for the soul of America, with war and fears of impending doom. Not unlike modern times, with Sept 11, 2001 likewise a similarly stressful time, but these are even more reasons to be careful of following the Constitution.
The First Amendment guarantees free speech as well as freedom of religion, it clearly states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."
By officially and legally recognizing God in the Pledge, we have officially created a law respecting an establishment of religion. This is illegal!
Although it may seem offensive, and a small detail, it is in everyone's best interests, both Christian and non-Christian, that all US laws rigorously abide by the US Constitution. Our future depends on it.
It is of utmost importance that our US government remain ostensibly neutral with regard to God and religion. The phrase 'under God' should simply be omitted -- which would keep Government and Religion separate. Both government and religion our very important to our culture here in the US, and therefore elicits very strong feelings and emotional debates. For this reason, it makes sense to keep them separate so that people of all faiths or no faiths can successfully live in harmony within the United States of America. We must hold ourselves to higher standards, and practice what we have enacted.
And lastly, what if the tables were turned? What if scientists started placing formulas and theories [against the law no less] of gravity and physics, study's of neuroscience to explain the origin of hallucinations etc., into the sidebar of the Bible, as logical explanations of the mystifying images presented in the stories of Jesus?? Think about the outcry from religious people globally that would take place then!
Again, this is a sensitive issue for many, and there will of course be differences of opinion. But unless we have a universal amendment to the Constitution created, or another Article in the Bill of Rights to say otherwise, there should be no question as to what is right. That being said, I'm not without a soul [if you can trust me], I honestly value those whom think religion is for them, [albeit hopefully, a non-mass organized one]. The fact that a religious phrase is removed from a legally endorsed pledge should not be considered some form of an attack on religion by U.S. lawmakers.
Should the phrase be legally removed, the Pledge restored to its original intent?
For more history on the Pledge of Alligiance-->Wiki
Tell me what your thoughts are below! Let's get some good dialog going!