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Our freedom to choose
Bring the pledge of allegiance back
Yes we need God
On a Wednesday morning after Labor day, an annoucement would come over the speaker to stand up, place your hand over your heart and say the pledge of allegiance. I never knew how much those words meant as a teenager as I do now as an adult. Then it was just something we were made to do.
Now our children can't even resight the words that now are dear to my heart. One nation under God was the whole reason this great part of my past was removed from schools because it was considered offensive to those who didn't believe.
However the same people who find it offensive, don't mind our American soldiers going to battle to uphold our freedom and our right to choose in America. These same people who find God offensive will be the first to cry when life hands them bad news.
In 1969 my kindergarten teacher said a prayer with us each morning after we said our pledge of allegiance. I never knew at that time how much that prayer made a difference in my life as an adult.
You don't have to believe in God if you don't want to, but why should we have to give up God because it offends you. I was born in the United States of America to be free, not to have to choose between giving up God and going to school. Giving up prayer so that someone won't have to hear his name. Giving up my rights as a US citizen because someone thought their idea was better.
Now 30 years later, I wonder if that person that was offended by God enough to take the things that meant the most to me out of our public schools is alive and if they are how proud they must feel that they made my children give up the one thing that we lean on to get us through a single day.
I will never forget these words as long as I live and I will never stop teaching it to people who don' know it. I will never stop saying the Lords prayer or anything that has God in it. If you choose to not believe it is your choice but it is also mine to have these things close to my heart always.
"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."