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October 31, 2011

Pledge truly American

The Pledge of Allegiance is an American tradition and should remain the same, regardless of the fact that it contains the phrase, “under God.” The Pledge should pay respect to the freedom of religion given to us in the First Amendment.

Never is religion forced upon anyone. One God isn’t specified in the Pledge. This means it shall appeal to anyone who chooses to believe in a god. It represents the tradition and the early religious roots of this country.

No one is forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone can choose to recite it, just as they can choose to be religious or not. This goes back to the fact that we must respect one another and our freedom of religion.

Some will argue that “under God, indivisible,” is contradictory because it immediately divides those who do and don’t believe in a God. If America was truly divided, how are we still a country functioning very well?

So please, respect those with different views and respect the fact that we are blessed to live in a country that has the freedom to believe or not believe in what we choose.

Isabella Bowling
Blue Springs



"Swearing of the Pledge is accompanied by a salute. An early version of the salute, adopted in 1892, was known as the Bellamy salute. It started with the hand outstretched toward the flag, palm down, and ended with the palm up. Because of the similarity between the Bellamy salute and the Nazi salute, developed later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted the hand-over-the-heart gesture as the salute to be rendered by civilians during the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem in the United States, instead of the Bellamy salute."


Well, at least the Natsies weren't godless commies.


Unless one doesn't believe in him/her.


"God" is non-denominational.


Pledge facts:
The pledge of allegiance was written by an avowed communist in order to sell flags to schools.

The original wording never mentioned God, but the reference was added during the cold war.

Until 1939, kids all across the country would stand and recite the pledge in front of the flag with an outstretched Hitler salute.


Is there some campaign raging to remove the phrase "under God" of which I'm not aware?

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