Should we change the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance?

@mjhicks (319)
United States
August 26, 2009 7:18pm CST
Obviously this is meant more for American citizens but if you are considering immigrating to the U.S. you might be interested. I just had a long discussion on Facebook about weather or not the words "under God" should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Some feel just the reference to God is a violation of the separation of church and state. Some feel one should not be forced to recite the pledge weather or not it includes "under God" as it is forced compliance which violates civil liberties. Read the history of the pledge here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance The adding of the words "under God" was in keeping with the historical references used by our forefathers who were religious. They were the ones who thought to make freedom of and freedom from religion so important. It is because of our founding fathers that we have this freedom. It is because of this that through out history our leaders and war heroes have had the freedom to express their faith in public. There are some who want to remove all references to God (any God) from all public places including historical monuments decades or centuries old. My view is this: Removing all reference including historical reference to God is to deny why this country exists. How can one pledge any loyalty to something when they want to deny the root of its very existence especially when the roots are why you have the right to worship (or not ) as you choose. What do you think?
1 response
• United States
27 Aug 09
No one is "forced" to say the pledge of allegiance. You can opt out if you want. No one is forced to be any religion or to not be any religion, it's about freedom of choice. That's really what freedom is about, being able to chose whether or not you desire to be any religion. I say leave the phrase "under God" in the pledge and those who don't like it can move to a communist country somewhere!
@mjhicks (319)
• United States
27 Aug 09
Oh but they would lose all the other liberties and freedoms we have. (sarcastic tone) I agree anyone who doesn't want to recognize the beginning of this country is free to take their bag AND baggage elsewhere.