While it’s true that the kids aren’t “forced” to say it, doesn’t it put them in an awkward social situation when they don’t want to? And on another level, should schools be promoting religion? Or do you think there is a separation between church and state?
I think that is should be said in schools. It is the kids option to say it or not. It is not unconstitutional because the part “Under God” the God there talking about is any god.
By Brock Heubusch
In my high school days, once the administrators said “you don’t have to stand up and say it” because of the ‘under God’ uproar, literally almost no one stood up or said it; I mean literally maybe 2 people would do it. That was just my experience in a public high school in a mostly liberal city.
Personally, I don’t have any problem with the ‘under God’ reference, and honestly I don’t think most people are legitimately troubled by it, but the notion that we should pledge our allegiance to the flag of our country every morning is a very strange one for me. It seems very much like the indoctrination that most conservatives loathe our public schools about all the time. I like to imagine walking into a foreign classroom where I didn’t understand the language: if I saw the entire class forced to rise in unison, face a flag, put their hands over their hearts, and recite a pledge, I would be pretty freaked out. It just seems cult-ish and coercive to have kids blindly pledge to anything like that. I think our schools should encourage students to be proud to be an American, but the overt coercion of the pledge doesn’t strike me as a good idea.
I think there is a tolerance issue in this country. Suddenly everyone needs to be “politically correct” and has to tip-toe around their words. I agree with @david that it is a little strange a class of students all get up in unison to pledge to a flag. When i was in grade school and we stood up everyday to recite the pledge, saying “Under God” didn’t even phase me, though. I think people have made this an issue when it’s really not.
Although I agree to an extent, but being an atheist myself I lean more towards not having it in our schools… I would be fine with the pledge being said if they took out the “Under God” just based on the innate fact it was added in around 1953. The founding fathers were Deists and atheists. Under their belief God played a very little role in the founding of this country so it would be applicable to not have the under God part in the pledge and go back to how it is normally written. Other than that I have no qualms about the pledge. IMO
I support freedom. I do not think people should be forced to do anything they want. However, I do believe that our public schools should say the pledge of allegiance. All schools have speaker systems that are throughout the entire campus, whats the problem with one person stating the pledge of allegiance and those who choose to participate can, and those who don’t want to participate can stay silent. However, I do want to point out how truly sad it is that people that live in the free world, literally FIGHT against our schools stating the pledge of allegiance. I think there are more important things to fight over. Its just sad that people aren’t proud to live in America.
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