Con: Should God be used in the Pledge of Allegiance?

In the truest sense of separating church from state, the phrase “under God” has no place in the Pledge of Allegiance or the public school system.

In all fairness, it violates the First Amendment, which states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Although the Pledge does not specify any particular religion by name, the phrase “under God” does insinuate a subliminal connotation of belief in God.

However, in the recent court battle over whether public school children should say “under God,” some argue that it supports the principles on which this country was founded.

In this case, the true argument should be about the Ten Commandments using God’s name in vain.

The fact of the matter is that people would rather pledge their loyalty to a

flag, in all its corruption, than to pledge loyalty to God.

The Encyclopedia Britannica reads that the pledge was originally written in 1892 to express the loyalty and views of one man, socialist Edward Bellamy and not everyone.

However, in 1924 the words “my flag” were replaced with “the flag of the United States of America.” Then in 1954, the words “under God” were inserted to clearly distinguish it from other atheist countries.

Nonetheless, it has only been 50 years since the inclusion of this phrase; therefore, it is not as though it is written on stone tablets.