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Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?


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  • +46 +115 -69 Faith Jun. 25, 2014
    "The fact of the matter is, no matter what you believe in or who you believe in the words "Under God" are the words that founded our country. Our founding fathers were men of faith and founded our country from that faith. They believed in God and were very much apart of the church. Let me say that not all were so involved but did agree with those that did.
    We have this flag to symbolize our freedom and our country, to show pride in those who fought (and fight) for this freedom. That's what we should worry about, how are freedom is being taken away from us, not that we say "Under God" in a simple paragraph.
    Today, in our country we have many people with many different beliefs. Not all consider God to be the most important or not the most important. And I respect all beliefs, but saying the Pledge of Allegiance should be considered an honor for all who live in and have become apart of America. No two words should decide whether or not we say the Pledge at school, or if kids have the choice to just stand (or sit) while other kids say it.
    I think the Pledge should be left alone as is. It's historical and apart of our country and its foundations."
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    • +6 +14 -8 Zach Sep. 11, 2015
      "The words "Under God" were not a part of the pledge until 1954 and in no way represent the view or ideals of the founding fathers."
    • +1 +6 -5 Jace Jun. 3, 2016
      "The founding fathers would have been appalled by the creation of public schools and the pledge. The pledge was written by a socialist, and it didn't even have the words "under God" in it. I don't believe there should be any pledge at all. It's stupid to force kids to promise allegiance to a government before they even understand what it is."
    • -2 +3 -5 Ben Feb. 18, 2016
      "Just got to point out too things, even though the founding fathers were men of faith. Witch is debatable about Ben Franklin and many others. They made a point of having the separation of church and state. Second point is that One Nation Under God was added during the Red Scare as anti soviet propaganda. I do believe that it should be left in for the reason that i can mean any god or even the lack there of. I do like the point you make where you say that not every one takes god to be the most important. But I do feel kids should have a choice. I know I do at my school and most people say it any way. Over all though I agree that it should be left in."
  • +33 +83 -50 Chloe Jun. 25, 2014
    "I am atheist and to be quite honest, I don't really care. Atheists are outnumbered by religious people anyways, so why take something that only bothers a few people. If you're too stubborn to say two words you don't want to, then just don't say that part of the pledge. Problem solved."
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    • +1 +1 0 Austin M. May. 3, 2016
      "i can respect that"
    • 0 0 0 bella Mar. 15, 2017
      "good point. if you don't want to say under god, just don't."
    • -4 0 -4 Daryn Guarino Jun. 24, 2016
      "If you don't care, you should remain silent. Your 'not caring' neither adds nor subtracts from the conversation and is basically just you saying "look at me, look at me"."
  • +11 +30 -19 Spencer Bonzo Feb. 16, 2016
    "It's just two words. If you don't like the words skip them then."
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    • 0 0 0 Evan Witt Apr. 6, 2017
      "Would you feel the same way if the two words were "under Allah" or "without gods"?"
    • -1 0 -1 roman Oct. 18, 2016
      "and there's no evidence that he doesn't, and there's no evidence that atheism is right either."
    • -2 0 -2 TheFrog Nov. 28, 2016
      "Or change them to ...
      "God willing ...""
    • -7 +4 -11 Snape Jut Mar. 30, 2016
      "Do you have any idea what you are believing in? God has no evidence of existence."
  • +10 +33 -23 Jocelyn Nov. 13, 2015
    "People are confusing freedom OF religion, and freedom FROM religion. This country allows everyone their religious rights. If we don't get easily offended, then the better we as a people will be! Our nation is Under God, and though people choose not to believe in God, there is a higher power, higher than government, a power of free will and the ability to choose. Taking this away infringes the right to say it, and others have the choice not to say it, so let it be and move on with your life. Children are not so affected by it in the same manner as the adults who no longer say it are. I enjoy saying it for my love of the United States and so should all US citizens who love this country!"
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    • 0 0 0 Joseph Mar. 1, 2017
      "Thank you, if you still don't understand this guy, then let me put it simply, under God doesn't mean the government bends to religion, it means it isn't affected by it. It means that the government isn't allowing you your free will because it is there decision, but that free will is given to you by the universe, by simply being born. Your rights are yours and yours alone."
    • -3 +1 -4 Chloe May. 19, 2016
      "Actually forcing religion on others in any sense is unconstitutional, and as is the non separation of church and state. If you truly believed in this country, you would keep your religion to yourself."
  • +3 +10 -7 Derrek Roberds Apr. 15, 2016
    "I believe that the phrase," Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance should be left in the pledge. It is not forced that someone should say these two words. It is never to be forced. But, taking it away will not, nor will it ever solve anything. If I were still in school and the phrase was taken away, I would still say it even if it offended someone. If they were to argue with me I would argue right back saying that they are revoking my freedom of speech."
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    • 0 0 0 Evan W. Apr. 18, 2017
      "Just because it's not forced doesn't mean it's appropriate. Would you support the pledge including anti-Christian phrases, or pro-communist words, as long as it "wasn't forced"?"
  • +3 +27 -24 Devin Apr. 7, 2016
    "I am a Christian so get rekt! I believe our county was founded on God, and that is why it is on our money and on our flag. The second we take God off of America He will take his hand off us. Which means America will be doomed."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Andy Aug. 24, 2016
      "I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not."
    • +1 +1 0 Rachael M. Nov. 4, 2016
      "I am kind of with you, but I don't think America will be doomed, but God might punish us for what we did maybe?"
  • +3 +13 -10 Carol Lowe Jan. 30, 2016
    "This great nation was founded on "one nation under God". To allow God to be thrown out of our great nation would be a grievour error. Every choice has a consequence. The consequence is either positive or negative, depending on the choice made. We, as a nation, need to consider this when making this choice."
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    • 0 0 0 sedruff Mar. 24, 2017
      "Actually, I'd like to point out that the Pledge didn't originally say "Under God". It was added in 1954, and is therefore not a representation of what our nation was founded on."
  • +2 +3 -1 Bennett Mickley Feb. 7, 2017
    "I know for a fact that the United States of America was founded on Christianity. Sure there should be religious freedom but if you believe in religion, you worship a GOD!! We Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs and Baha'is, we're fine with it. Anybody else can just skip it. But it is a part of not only our history, but our nation's history. We were founded as a Christian nation. How 'bout we learn more about our country for a change."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Kevin Sep. 21, 2016
    "There are two important things to note here.

    First off, is that God is not an exclusively Christian idea. I recently had an Islamic friend tell me how he believed in God, and I believed in Allah. Perhaps it should be reworded to be a better blanket term, but as it is, it represents our commitment to ideals and morals above our own.

    This leads to the second point, which is accountability. There once was a Chinese economist who visited the United States to see how our system worked. At the end of his visit, he was asked what he had found the most surprising. The economist's response was that he had not realized how essential religion was to the functioning of a capitalist, democratic economy. Even if we are atheists, we are still trained to have respect for others' property and lives which can be traced back to our religious culture. He finished by saying that without our accountability to God, we could never have enough police.

    By reciting the pledge, we are reinforcing our commitment to our culture that lets us live in a democratic world."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Hannah Sep. 8, 2016
    "i can understand both sides cause im havent 100% given my life to god so sometimes i can see wanting it and others (normally when im upset) i dont"
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    • 0 0 0 Gemma Jan. 9, 2017
      "But some people don't believe so why don't you understand that"
  • +2 +8 -6 Nolen Bakken Mar. 31, 2016
    "im pro because of the fact that it has been in the pledge for so long though it was an addition to the pledge it should not be removed for a few people who dont understand the value of the past."
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  • +2 +24 -22 Aggravated Human Mar. 26, 2015
    "The words "under God" don't hurt anybody. Almost every religion has a God and atheists don't have to say the "under God" part. It is the people's right to say it if they want to. If they don't want to, that's fine."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Kyle Oct. 29, 2015
      "You say it's a right, and it is. But what if your kid is being forced to say it in public schools? Government should have NO connections with any religion. What if you lived in another country and your kid had to say that we are under Allah everyday? If you say you wouldn't feel the same way then you're a hypocrite."
  • +2 +33 -31 Jaden Mar. 3, 2015
    "I strongly say yes because your not being forced to say anything, you can just skip that part in the pledge."
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    • 0 0 0 Joseph Mar. 1, 2017
      "You don't just tack on amen because the phrase under God doesn't have a religious meaning to it."
    • -2 0 -2 Daryn Guarino Jun. 24, 2016
      "How about we remove it from the pledge and you can just tack an "amen" to the end of it when you say it? You get what you want and I get what I want, win-win, right?"
    • -2 +1 -3 Lokalexabender Jan. 7, 2016
      "Kids are forced, every day. Someone even tried skipping it, and they got death threats. Do you seriously think that the words 'under god' were added with the intention of more than 1 in every 5 people not saying it?"
  • +2 +35 -33 anonumas Oct. 31, 2014
    "it should stay in the allegince because this country was founded by are fathers how belived in GOD"
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    • +3 +5 -2 haha Mar. 10, 2015
      "I think the Founding Fathers maybe should've make education a bit more serious."
    • +2 +3 -1 Lyric Jun. 10, 2015
      "That was also a time when slavery was still rampant and women were expected to be subservient to men. Just because the founding fathers believed something does not mean that we should go by their same principles."
  • +2 +45 -43 Jayne Aug. 26, 2014
    "Yes it should this country was built on God. The reason this country is going to Hell in a Hand basket is cause we are taking God out of everything. Look back you will see that things fell apart when we pushed God out.. put Him back an watch our country flourish again."
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    • 0 0 0 Joseph Mar. 1, 2017
      "Because that's why the middle east is doing so great, because they're forcing people to follow their definition of god, right? :D"
    • 0 0 0 Gabrielle Feb. 11, 2017
      "Well, "Dude from the US", you are talking about the old testament, not the new testament, Christians do not have all the same rules as Jews did in the old testament. Also, it does not "condone sexism, racism, and some rules that make zero sense, such as you cannot mix fabrics.""
    • 0 +3 -3 Dude from the US Oct. 21, 2015
      "First, the country was not based on god because in the Constitution that this country is based on states that the church cannot affect the laws and the management of the country. Second, if you think we need god, look in your own bible, which gives his commands. It condones sexism, racism, and some rules that make zero sense, such as you cannot mix fabrics. Do you believe that our country needs god in it, if you do, you condone slavery and the oppression of women"
    • -1 +7 -8 Jess Oct. 11, 2014
      "what I've gathered from your comment is that you approve slavery in its modern form of racism, you are an isolationist, imperialist and expansionist, and are anti-LGTB because that is the America we had when the country was founded. The country was not founded under God, but in rebellion to a series of wrongs colonists endured from heavy taxation without any say in it, privacy rights being impeded upon and not to mention that in 1774 Parliament had established two religions as the official religions of all Britain's colonies: Anglicanism and Catholicism, to which there was a petition devoted to stating their outrage at being told those are to be the religions the people of the 13 colonies would be expected to follow by other nations.
      This country had no founding by God, but by human beings that fought and died for the right to define their government themselves, and separated government from state to prevent another calamity (120 years of religious warfare in Europe ring a bell?) caused by or justified by religion.
      If you want to pray or add it yourself, fine, or you can rock out your religion to your hearts content at home or in church.
      Do not bring religion into a secular nation's pledge of allegiance."
    • -2 +2 -4 :D Sep. 3, 2015
      "I guess the secular countries in Europe are doing terrible, no?"
  • +1 +1 0 Stan Huie Feb. 26, 2017
    "The constitution establishes no basis for the separation of faith and state. In fact it says the opposite. It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The government cannot establish a particular force a particular religion or denomination on the people and it cannot make a law abridging the free expression of faith."
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  • +1 +5 -4 Perry Jan. 24, 2017
    "It's tradition. You don't break tradition."
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    • 0 0 0 miguel Apr. 20, 2017
      "In the south slavery was a tradition.You saying that is the same as somebody saying that since slavery was a tradition is it was wrong to abolish."
  • +1 +3 -2 Tracey Lewis Jan. 3, 2017
    "It is with much pride and honor that we continue to say the pledge as it is. Many people have given their lives so we may have the freedoms we have. Let us never forget those who came before and those that serve our great country today. Raise the flag high and honor the pledge."
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  • +1 +5 -4 rachael Nov. 2, 2016
    "we need those two words especially, if they take them away, the whole country could fall apart"
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    • +2 +2 0 true Dec. 9, 2016
      "true"
    • 0 0 0 Joseph Mar. 1, 2017
      "Our country will fall apart because children don't say two words in something they don't have to say to begin with. I'm pretty sure we could get rid of the pledge and everything would be exactly the same. I thought people saying Trump or Clinton being elected would tear this country apart was a crazy statement, but this one takes the cake"
    • 0 0 0 Gabrielle Feb. 11, 2017
      "I very much agree"
  • +1 +4 -3 MR John Listi Jul. 29, 2016
    "Freedom of Religion. You take it out you take GOD out of our most cherished Pledge"
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    • 0 0 0 Joseph Mar. 1, 2017
      "Cherished? I say it for respect and honor in the fact we live in a free country where I don't have to say the pledge, but say it anyway. The pledge isn't essential to anyone's life."
  • +1 +5 -4 Amar Jul. 21, 2016
    ""Under God" was inserted when Communism, a godless government system, was deemed a serious threat to undermining our values and our leaders realized that the threat could come from within: undermining our system and replacing it with a different "belief" system that would end up changing the government. Adding "under God" and having it recited throughout the school years is a way to sort of inculcate the value of religion into the national character, innoculating students from communist ideology."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Just Me May. 13, 2016
    "The words, "under God" should be kept in the Pledge, in my opinion. Sure, it reveals hints of religion, but it is not trying to convert the people of America. It is not establishing a set religion that must be followed or you will be persecuted. "America is a land of religious freedom." Two words from the Pledge of Allegiance, which is not an official governing document, should not tear the United States apart. I understand the people's concern for the continuation of the freedom of religion, but the government would not pass a law limiting the freedom of the people. It would be found unconstitutional. MY total opinion, you have the rights to your own opinions. Thank you."
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  • +1 +5 -4 xznkjdh;gan May. 13, 2016
    "I believe that the words "under God" be in the US Pledge Of Allegiance because our whole country was founded on the Christianity basis. They are not forcing people that do not believe in Christianity to not believe in what they do believe."
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  • +1 +7 -6 George May. 13, 2016
    "We say the pledge and say , "God" which means mainly to Christianity , but the thing is that we were founded as a christian country so its kind of a part of the country. The main religion is Christianity ,so we can say God and if you dotn believe in it then skip it."
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  • +1 +27 -26 hobo bob Feb. 25, 2015
    "i don't get why this is such a big deal if you don't like the saying under god just skip that part."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Hobo bob's besty Mar. 15, 2016
      "This is the best answer here."
    • -3 0 -3 Daryn Guarino Jun. 24, 2016
      "If it's not a big deal, how about we remove it and you can tack an "amen" to the end when YOU say it? Win-win, right?"
  • +1 +21 -20 An Anonymous Sheepy Feb. 5, 2015
    "Under God should be in the Pledge not because it is breaking the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution where freedom of religion is mentioned. But as a reference to Early North American Colonization where the colonies were Chrisian and Jewish."
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    • -4 0 -4 St rose Apr. 6, 2016
      "Rite ????????
      It should stay in there because the ppl who made it will wit it to stay because our state is based on the bibble and we are a religious state ????????????"
  • +1 +50 -49 William Sartin May. 22, 2014
    "if atheists "really" want 'NO GOD" shouldn't they refuse any American Money?

    Money has " In God WE Trust" printed on it !!!!!"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Snape jut Mar. 30, 2016
      "Dude, really!? How are we supposed to get our food and supplies? We should get rid of the American dollar."
    • 0 +2 -2 Alex Jan. 26, 2016
      "Maybe because money is needed for nearly everything"
    • 0 +5 -5 Lyric Jun. 10, 2015
      "No, because even though we may not agree with it, money is still required to live a good life. Same as even though we may not like it, we still say the pledge. What you're saying is very much so like saying, "If you don't like Indian culture, why do you eat curry?" It's a ridiculous argument."
    • -1 +1 -2 Daryn Guarino Jun. 24, 2016
      "If money is the root of all evil, why would you want your god to be mentioned on it at all? Seriously though, you seem to believe that the words "in god we trust" magically appeared on the money after we printed it. It didn't. It's not a sign from god, it's something a group of frightened old white christian men added around the same time they changed the pledge."
    • -3 +1 -4 Josh Jan. 6, 2016
      "Most Atheists do not mind it anyways. As an Atheist myself, I personally do not feel offended by the words 'Under God' in the pledge. I believe that it is honestly something too meaningless to bother with. And saying that we shouldn't accept American currency is ridiculous. I live here, and will accept the currency made here."
    • -3 +1 -4 Sedruff May. 28, 2015
      "Why did you put "really" and "NO GOD" in quotes?"
  • 0 +4 -4 Teri Cook Jul. 9, 2016
    "Our nation was founded on Biblical truth and God is the Divine Author of all truth. We have been blessed by Him and He deserves to be glorified by all flesh. We are all going to bow the knee to Him one day anyway!"
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  • 0 +5 -5 Cynthia I Jul. 3, 2016
    "Our first President said it is impossible to govern the world without our GOD and the BIBLE. Everyone believes he was a great President and now you know why."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Kiana Jun. 24, 2016
    ""We should have "Under God" in the US pledge because we are a religious country and if you don't believe than just skip it. I think that God is real and we all will go home soon. So yes "Under God" should be in the US Pledge of Allegiance . If you don't agree then just skip the "Under God" and say the rest of it. I'm not trying to be rude I'm just making a point."
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  • 0 +3 -3 B. Snyder May. 30, 2016
    "Our nation was founded by those who believed in God and who recognized His hand in all things. Just because you take it out of the Pledge, doesn't mean that God isn't real anymore. Churches and homes won't stop teaching about God and Christians won't stop believing there is a God and sharing this good news with others."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Keez May. 23, 2016
    "This country was founded upon Christians and we should be able to keep that moral with us forever"
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  • 0 +13 -13 trey Mar. 7, 2016
    "Our country does not revolve around Christianity, but it doesn't revolve around Atheism, either. Saying "under God" in the pledge won't kill anyone and frankly, people need to stop complaining about every single thing in America. Be grateful you even have a flag to salute in a free country."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Ben Feb. 18, 2016
    "I have come to a realization, this show that in our country you can believe in what ever god you want, or even the lack there of. I'm an atheist, I believe in evolution. But still i can find my own meaning in this phrase. Maybe this was not the intended meaning when the words were added but I think that it has turned in to a symbol e of unity among all Americans, just like the pledge its self. Maybe this is crazy. I don't know but its my opinion so yah."
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  • -1 +10 -11 anominous Feb. 5, 2016
    "people can just skip or ignore the words under god"
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  • -2 +3 -5 Disisles May. 13, 2016
    "Personally I believe that Americans need to keep the "Under God," in our nations pledge of allegiance. If the government and constitution makes student in public school learn that there is one God and multiple religions then why would he make the point of it being pro-Christianity. The Constitution does not say,"Under the Christian God..."Because of this i believe this is a dumb and unquestionable argument.Not only that if the decided to try to change the Pledge half of America's population including me would disregard there ruling and say the pledge the correct way."
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  • -2 +6 -8 Grace T. Feb. 29, 2016
    "I think the words "under God' should be in the pledge. The only thing is you shouldn't have to say it if it goes against your religion. If it rivals with you should not have to say it and should not be punished for not saying the pledge. You should be allowed to have religious freedom and not be forced to say anything that your religion may go against."
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  • -2 +11 -13 Lindsay Jan. 11, 2016
    "I'm a Mormon and as I have learned to be closer to Christ, and my Heavenly Father I can see his mercy and help. I'm not saying that my life is perfect, in fact my life far from it. I would feel ungrateful toward him if I did not honor and worship him. In school after the pledge of allegiance, it reminds me that we are under God, and he knows us personally. He wants us to become perfect like unto his son Jesus Christ. I am 14 and even though I am young I have learned to see the blessings God gives to us as we follow his example, to love everyone, to love God, and to do good. If we have more people willing to keep the commandments at school, there will be less problems, and the school will be a better place. I am a daughter of God, and we are all his children. He only wants the best for us."
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    • +1 +2 -1 concerned Mar. 24, 2016
      "Ok I'm just going to start off by saying you sound incredibly self-righteous right now. The LDS church is not the only one out there and while you may believe everything you just said, a lot of other people have their own strong, differing beliefs that you need to respect. You can feel all happy and special about God on your own time but the pledge of allegiance applies to all american citizens and not just the ones who believe in God. The constitution and its amendments clearly state that there must be a separation of church and state. How would you feel if everyday you said the pledge of allegiance with the words 'under Allah' in it? You can worship your god with prayer and church and that stuff don't force it into other's lives."
  • -3 +6 -9 LORI THOMAS Apr. 14, 2016
    "I'm pro because I'm fed up with the atheists trying to destroy what our founding fathers declared -- that our country was founded on our belief in God. Their first mistake was taking religion out our schools that put the fear of God in our children for their actions. Thank you atheists for all of the gangs and school shootings that have resulted from your actions......"
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  • -3 +6 -9 A concerned citizen Feb. 29, 2016
    "I am a christian, so yes, I so do believe that the words "under God" should be kept in the pledge, but not for that reason. Our founding fathers wanted to split from Britain for religious freedom, they created America based on God, we are a religious country! We need to keep the those two words in our pledge, they represent something meaningful! If we were to take them out, what would happen? Our country is based on those two words, we are under God, and we must understand that."
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    • 0 0 0 Andy Sep. 8, 2016
      "The 13 colonies wanted to split from Britain because the British were exerting too much control over the colonies, not because of religious freedom."
    • 0 0 0 HoodedHero007 Mar. 7, 2016
      "That was one reason, but freedom of religion=freedom from religion, just because you are the majority doesn't mean america should be a theocracy, in fact most of the founding fathers were deists"
  • -3 +10 -13 mahogany Dec. 9, 2015
    "yes the words "under God" should be in the pledge of allegiance because to changing something that has be the same for decades would most likely ruin our country that should be proud that we are "under GOD""
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  • -4 0 -4 Cathy West Aug. 22, 2016
    "1) your 10 commandments are incomplete. #5 is in the 1611 "Honor thy father and thy mother, so that you may live long IN THE LAND THE LORD YOUR GOD IS GIVING YOU" because He Created Adam from Dust and Even from Adam's rib's that protect "Heart" and "Life-breath".. with other connections.
    2) You don't read the Declaration of Independence very well.You probably know the words; but the language and communication of connections is totally absent: Bible to Declaration to Applied First and Second Tables of Laws, Religion and morality-Matt 22 Two Greatest Commands of God--Oath/ Affirmation -Truth, Trust, Promise.

    The Colonists and Founders didn't have to use distinct and palpable, human precept words for Either you are for Jesus the Son of God, or You are Against Him--& either you gather with Him or "scatter--tear apart into tiny pieces - secular -- arbitrate - mediate;
    3) You have never read,or even considered the existence of the greatest philologist of "Speech, and interpreter of the cogitations, thereof" Apocrypha,God is Exactly Who He Says He Is -- The Creator of "The collective name of heaven & earth; the Whole System of Created Things -- and you must see "thing" defined in "1828/1844 AMERICAN DIC. of the ENGLISH LANG"
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  • -4 +3 -7 Austin M. May. 3, 2016
    "this is America i'm sick of all the people who are "politically correct" just because people from a different culture do not worship the same god us Christians do doesn't mean we should give them what they want we all worship some type of god so what does it matter that's why Trump will make a great president TRUMP 2016!!!"
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  • -4 +4 -8 Mary Mar. 17, 2016
    "I'm PRO about it because it would be a lot of work for President Obama to change it back to the original."
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    • -1 0 -1 Madison N. May. 10, 2016
      "Why Obama? And taking two words out is not hard unless you truly believe that it's wrong for our country to have complete religious freedom."
  • -4 +6 -10 Diego Mar. 9, 2016
    "This is a great part of history. We might as well change "liberty and justice for all" because we throw people in jail just because they are black or gay."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Austin Jan. 14, 2016
    "i truthfully believe that the under god should be in the pledge because, it has been their for a long time and even though people disagree via religous point of view i agree because well more will, their are more religous people in the world than not, oh and to disproove the people that think that the version of the pledge that we recite is fake, i say that the Under God was introduced by a "President" so it is official. it was made, accepted, and made into our current pledge"
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  • -4 +8 -12 Autumn May. 5, 2015
    "I am Atheist and I still believe that under god should stay in the pledge. This country was founded by Christians and as many people that have come to America for freedom of religion they sure want to change that aspect of America."
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  • -4 +16 -20 Jared R.B.G. Feb. 21, 2015
    "I do believe in God, I do believe that this Nation is "Under God" meaning that our laws do not supplant God's laws. We are not above God. The second we think that way, we allow ourselves to be arrogant and boastful. Patriotism is about loving our country, not believing that our country is better than anything else. U.S. Citizens are entitled to believe or disbelieve. As I said, I know plenty of non believers who idly utter the phrase "Oh My God" all the time. It doesn't mean anything to them then, it won't mean anything to them to say "under God" either. Acknowledging God doesn't make someone religious, it's an affirmation that there is always someone or something much more powerful than you are. And our country and its citizens need to remain humble, because otherwise we'll just embarrass ourselves. If we do not remain humble then we become arrogant and incapable of learning. I have learned some pretty fascinating things from atheists, I am not so sure atheists have learned too much from me. Religion is not ignorance, Our government is not corrupted by religious influence, and religion must not be corrupted by government influence. Religion doesn't divide people, prejudice does."
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  • -5 +15 -20 Emma Mar. 18, 2015
    "I think that the words "under God" should still be in the pledge of alligence because that's how our country was founded and that's the way it should stay."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Sanguine Apr. 29, 2015
      "Can you prove that our country was founded 'under God'? Last I checked there is no mention of 'God' in any other historical accredited to the beginning of the United States. Not even the Constitution has any mention of the Word. So are we to believe that the document that runs the actions of the government is wrong?"
    • +2 +3 -1 Ace of Epic May. 15, 2015
      "Our country was founded as freedom FROM religion. "Under god" gives the signal we are a Christian Nation, when we are not.

      "Under god" is a term for fundies to push their agenda, this line was added in the 50s, and should be removed as it is unconstitutional."
    • 0 +1 -1 Alison Oct. 21, 2015
      "Those words were not added till the 50s."
  • -6 +2 -8 Kelsy Feb. 29, 2016
    "The words "under God" should be in the pledge because our Founding Fathers wanted religious freedom, that's the whole reason why the pilgrims came to America!"
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    • +1 +1 0 HoodedHero007 Mar. 7, 2016
      "That Logic doesn't follow"
  • -7 +11 -18 Flame Bringer Feb. 12, 2015
    "I do recall hearing of a Freedom of Religion,
    so, if that is so, then why is it such a big deal that we say "under GOD? I mean, if people don't like it, then ignore it, but im going to keep saying it."
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  • -7 +8 -15 Wanda Jun. 22, 2014
    "Yes I agree and support Under God being in the pledge of allegiance and it should stay. This country was founded with and by the words Under God. AMEN!!!!"
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    • 0 0 0 Cloudy Day Aug. 18, 2016
      "Actually the words "Under God" Where not added until the height of the cold war."
  • -7 +8 -15 maria Apr. 17, 2014
    "Yes! because if we need to use the word God for court or for the president to come into Goverment , then why isn't it good enough for our school? It's not like you are committing your life to God you are just actknowlging that this nation is under God. You don't have to be christian to understand that!"
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  • -7 +18 -25 Addy Nov. 12, 2013
    "This is just a simple part of the pledge that adds a bit more meaning. No one is forcing anyone to say the pledge either. So why should it be removed? It would just take too much time and everyone would have to relearn it. Is there a true need?"
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    • -1 +3 -4 hjekw Dec. 20, 2013
      "In many states, students are forced. Look it up."
  • -9 +2 -11 Taylor Jan. 27, 2016
    "I think that by removing "Under God" we are basically erasing history. I get that not everyone in America believes in God but this country was founded by Puritans. Do we really want to forget that part of our history? Would we even have a country if it wasn't for the God fearing Puritans moving away from England? Probably not. So, I'm all for keeping history in America no matter who gets offended by it."
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    • +1 +2 -1 concerned Mar. 24, 2016
      "Oh my gosh you're seriously asking why we would want to leave behind the puritan part of our history? Of course we want to leave that behind! Have you ever even picked up a history book? The puritans kept slaves, burned people alive at the stake, drowned women who wouldn't conform to societal norms, held public whippings of anyone who didn't agree with them and were overall some of the most violent, racist, sexist, judgmental groups in American history. Think of an entire religion of Donald Trumps and you're probably close to the early-American puritans. Furthermore, the version of the pledge of allegiance with the words 'under God' in it was not what this country was founded on or a part of its early history. The pledge of allegiance wasn't even written until 116 years after America's independence, and even then the original pledge did not contain 'under God.' That was added much much later by president Eisenhower who only did it to piss of the Russians during the Cold War. If you're going to form an opinion on something many people find important, please at least do your research first so that not everything you say is completely wrong."
  • -9 +5 -14 Educated Christian Dec. 9, 2015
    "This is a Christian country and "Under God" was put in there to separate/distinguish us from atheist countries during World War I. Anyone who doesn't like it in our pledge should move to a country that believes the same as they do. They don`t have to stay in the country. Its Freedom OF Religion, not from."
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    • 0 0 0 Josh Glass Feb. 2, 2016
      "Really? Atheists should move to another country? Just because I refuse to believe in your mythology, I should move away? That is ridiculous logic, because we are founded on freedom of religion."
  • -9 +5 -14 Anonymous Nov. 10, 2015
    "Republicans have a right to an opinion but not for everyone; feeling like you are always under attack by a Democrat, yet I don't seem to understand why this so called ''Pledge of Allegiance'' requires the words ''under God'' knowing that those words were not included until 1924 when president Eisenhower was responding to communist threats. We as people need to advance together and stop letting God form our idea of a heaven so one day we can create it."
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  • -9 +5 -14 Z Jan. 22, 2015
    "The only time anyone says the pledge nowadays is in school and it's against the law to force students to say the pledge so if a student or staff member isn't comfortable with saying the pledge they don't have to."
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  • -9 +6 -15 God is Great! Nov. 24, 2014
    "One of our basic rights as citizens of the United States of America, is freedom of religion. God should be in the pledge, because there is but one Jesus Christ. Represented in many ways (i.e. Allah in Islam). If you are of a different religion, other that different Christian denominations, just don't say under God! If you are offended don't say it at all!"
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  • -9 +9 -18 Saige Nov. 13, 2014
    "I think that was the way the pledge was made, and that's the way it should stay. By saying "Under God" we aren't saying that we all need to be christian or worship God, we are simply saying "May our nation be blessed." No one throws a fit when someone sneezes and someone else says "Bless you." If our pledge says "Under God" and that was the way it was originally, we shouldn't mess with it."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Tom Dec. 31, 2014
      "Did you read the core question? The pledge did *not* originally contain "under god" in it. It was added at the height of the cold war & McCarthyism.

      To me, this clearly violates the 1st Amendment."
    • -2 0 -2 Paula Mar. 26, 2015
      "Yes, the words "under God" were added, but it does not violate the first amendment. If you actually read it, it says freedom of speech and so therefore it is not a breach in our rights."
  • -9 +18 -27 Rocky May. 30, 2014
    "As a christian I naturally support the "under God" in our pledge. This country was founded on Godly principles and our nation's faith has blessed us into becoming the power that we are today. Also we can simply put that "under God" can represent all religions. For atheists, they can practice tolerance which is what they have been pressuring us for so long."
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  • -9 +14 -23 Suzie May. 29, 2014
    "A little extra good moral value can't hurt anyone with all wrongs of today. What else would we say as a moral word?
    It also reminds us to be good!"
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    • +3 +7 -4 Bruce Jul. 22, 2014
      "Oh yes god does remind us to be good just how he reminds us to persecute gays, non-believers, and those who work on Sundays. And also to disregard all scientific facts and believe that the earth is 6000 years old, and women came from a man's rib."
  • -9 +11 -20 Aaron Untiveros Dec. 3, 2013
    "This country was brought to use bye religious people that belived in freedom. They fought for freedom of religion so we are to stay that way and say "under god" for that is what they belived in."
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  • -9 +14 -23 Janet Nov. 10, 2013
    "All of gnashing of teeth by the leftist atheists about having "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, wailing about the separation of church and state, which isn't even in the Constitution, but was part of a letter to the Danbury Baptist Church. The exact wording of the establishment clause in the First Amendment is "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;". "prohibiting the free exercise thereof" is the part of the Constitution the left likes to forget, however they don't seem to have a problem with any other religion except Christianity being freely practiced in this country. The only state sanctioned church in England was the Anglican church, which is what the founders wanted to avoid."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Aaron Nov. 13, 2013
      "Here are my thoughts on your comment. 1. Congress added 'under God' to the pledge. The term 'under God' establishes religion. It says there is one God, and we as a nation live under it. 2. As you point out, First Amendment states 'Congress shall make now law respecting an establishment of religion'

      Thus, if you agree with #1, it would seem that Congress did violate the first amendment. By adding under God to the pledge, it made an effort to establish religion."
    • 0 0 0 Cloudy Day Aug. 18, 2016
      "What's wrong with lefties? I see no problem there. So what about people who are ambidextrous?"
  • -9 +14 -23 tristyn rozzell Nov. 5, 2013
    "because it has been in the pledge for so long and if you don't like the pledge no one is forcing you to say the pledge also you can say the pledge without the words "under god" in the pledge."
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  • -9 +7 -16 Elexis Princewood Oct. 14, 2013
    "this free nation was founded on the belief in a one God who created us. if an individual doenst share the same beliefs, then they shouldnt have to say it, but there's no need to take it out against the will of all those who do believe it."
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    • 0 0 0 Cloudy Day Aug. 18, 2016
      "Wasn't America found to gain freedom from religion in the first place? And 'Under God' wasn't added until the hight of the cold war."
  • -10 +2 -12 Evryone has opinions May. 13, 2015
    "people will always try to keep religion out of alot of things and of course higher ups will always try to pacify those who truly wish to get rid of it. there are people who are very radical when it comes to what they believe. In my opinion saying 'Under God' will not hurt anyone; especially in a place that is becoming more Godless than ever i stand firmly with Under God. and besides isn't state and church suppose to be seperate?"
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  • -10 +6 -16 Polytheistic Patriot Feb. 10, 2015
    "In the Pledge of Allegiance, the phrase "under God" is followed by "indivisible, with liberty and justice for all". The proximity of such prominent American ideals adjacent to the phrase, "under God" serves to show that reference to "God" in the Pledge signifies faith rather than acknowledgement of religion, another valued American ideal. Being a devout Hindu and patriot, I for one see no issue in referring to God in the Pledge of Allegiance, as it is clear that "under God" does not promote a monotheistic form of government-sanctioned religion; rather, it acknowledges and respects the Founding Fathers of this beloved country as well as designates hope that faith in America will forever protect our nation. Additionally, this disputed phrase, which was added in 1954, was introduced to the Pledge of Allegiance in order to differentiate Democratic America with atheist, lawless, Communist nations during the Cold War. Any opponent of this view who erroneously believes that "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance somehow violates the secular basis of our nation and may even lead to a government-promoted religion is absurdly extrapolating a trivial, two-word phrase simply meant to further patriotism in this blessed country."
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  • -10 +5 -15 Catholic boy Jan. 7, 2015
    "Yes, it is a big part of our country so all you atheist people out there, just ignore it or say it, we don't need a giant debate!
    It should stay."
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    • +2 +2 0 Blah Mar. 8, 2015
      "Its not just atheists that are against this. What about the monotheistic religions?"
  • -10 +4 -14 Anonymous Sep. 21, 2014
    ""Under God" isn't just meant to represent the Christian God. It is for the Buddhist God, or the Greek God, or anyone's God. Plus, this country was founded UNDER GOD, it's even in the Constitution! If you don't like it, don't say it, but don't take away anyone else's right to say it."
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  • -10 +9 -19 alex Apr. 15, 2014
    "yes it should be included in the pledge because w=teachers cant pray or do anything concerning religion so they should have some religious freedom at school by saying "Under God". Its not like you absolutely have to say the Pledge. if you don't like it don't say it but don't try to take away others enjoyment in saying "under God" because God did create this world and everything in it. We owe him MUUUUUCCCCCCCCHHHHHH respect."
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    • +3 +3 0 Riley May. 13, 2014
      "You're contradicting yourself. You're saying that you don't have to say it if you don't want to or don't believe in that, but the same sentence you said that God created this world and everything in it."
    • +2 +4 -2 Anonymous Apr. 23, 2014
      "If he doesn't help us and doesn't exist, why do we owe him any respect. Keep opinions to yourself, only state facts."
    • 0 0 0 Cloudy Day Aug. 18, 2016
      "Yo not all of us follow of believe in god y'know."
    • 0 0 0 Snape Jut Mar. 30, 2016
      "It shouldn't exist. God has no evidence of existence."
    • 0 0 0 Billy Bob Mar. 10, 2016
      "You say god created everything, but that is what you believe. Other people believe that the planet was created by stuff in space."
    • -1 +3 -4 alex Apr. 24, 2014
      "Oh dear, I do have free speech and religion don't? That's a fact because its the first amendment is it not? He helps everyone cuz youre alive aren't you? I am alive aren't I? so is God. My Gods not dead hes surely alive and he is living on the inside roaring like a lion. Keep YOUR opinions to yourself. God Bless :)"
  • -10 +8 -18 Evan Feb. 24, 2014
    "I think the idea of taking it out, is entirely stupid and disrespectful. Not only is the purpose of "Under god" there because people came to America to religious freedom. But becoming so mindless to become aggravated over two words that are annually recited by the entire country. If you don't find yourself under the religion, then don't take it to heart, and just hum of something for those two words."
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  • -10 +5 -15 Advocate for Reason Feb. 4, 2014
    "All the phrase "under God" means is that the people believe in a supreme being, not the Christian God. Most religions found in the USA have at least one supreme being to believe in. Separation of church and state is important, but without some form of religion (church), where would the USA be? Since it was founded based on religious needs/wants, it makes sense for the phrase to be added later on. It's not like the Pledge of Allegiance started off with "under God" plastered in the middle. If someone has a problem saying "under God" then they can omit that one little portion. No one will know unless he/she is the only one saying the pledge."
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  • -11 +3 -14 Paul S Jul. 4, 2015
    "Marx said "Communism begins from the outset with atheism." In the context of the Cold War, it makes perfect sense why the words "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance by Congress during the Eisenhower administration."
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    • +1 +1 0 Griffin Fredette Nov. 3, 2015
      "our country is no longer under the Eisenhower administration and atheism does not, and has never led to communism"
  • -11 +4 -15 Bill Mar. 27, 2015
    "Absolutely YES! In a nut shell those that do not believe in God have missed something truly wonderful in life. The framers were very clear, freedom of religion, not freedom from God. Believe what you will just do not infringe on my freedom. This is supposed to be a democracy, simple put the minority should not be able to dictate to the majority. The minority opinion should not be repressed but it should also not snuff out the majority opinion."
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    • +1 +1 0 Cloudy Day Aug. 18, 2016
      "Or some of us like to think logically w/ science."
  • -11 +4 -15 RobertAOL Aug. 21, 2014
    "I believe it should remain. It is a part of who we were and are as a country. Though it is a shame that many parents and educators have never discussed the historical changes made to the Pledge or what the pledge means and stands for. Learning the history puts into context the addition of "under God". I know little children can not be taught all of this. However, anytime from third grade should be good. It should never just be a rote recitation. As a teacher of American Government I always teach the history and the meaning of the words. We discuss and debate the changes in reference to when, where, how etc. Then they decide. If you have read the history of the Pledge you will notice that it has changed much since it was first written in 1892. Even in the way we actually say the pledge (leaving in a comma before "under God" is a change. A good explanation of the Pledge is on Youtube. Search for the Red Skelton TV Broadcast (under Bill Davis). Listen to what is said. Reevaluate your position. That is what Pro/Con is all about --seeing all sides and then making a decision. Ignorance can be cured through education and a little research. If you are not going to get it in your school then you have to do it yourself!"
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  • -11 +3 -14 Janet Nov. 16, 2013
    "Which religion does it establish? Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all mono-theist. The last portion of the First Amendment "or prohibit the free exercise thereof" allows us worship when, where and how we desire without government intervention ."
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  • -12 +5 -17 Kayla Mar. 13, 2015
    "I believe that "Under God" should definitely stay in the pledge, because most kids are used to saying the pledge like it is now, and it doesn't offend kids. Also, God will come back for his children."
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    • +1 +1 0 Sanguine Apr. 29, 2015
      "The reason that it doesn't offend kids is because they haven't been taught their constitutional rights, or their human right, at that age. If you notice the kids that do say something about it are either in High, or Junior High, School where they are barely just learning about their rights. So it has to be the parents of the younger kids to step out and to defend the rights of their children. Or are we to believe that parents should just stand by and let the rights of their children to be walked and stomped over by bible-thumping conservatives, who believe everyone has to be one way and no other way?"
  • -12 +8 -20 Leroy Joseph May. 21, 2014
    "80% of people in America believe in God which is more than half of the people in the US so I think "Under God" should stay in the pledge."
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    • +2 +5 -3 Bruce Jul. 22, 2014
      "Oh yes and if we went back in time when slavery was still legal and 80% of people said they believe it should be it too should remain that way I guess."
  • -12 +5 -17 kaily Apr. 24, 2014
    "I am pro for the phrase "under God" because every religion has a God or many Gods. The first amendment said we have the freedom of religion and taking that phrase out of our pledge to America I believe would be very wrong."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Ciel May. 21, 2014
      "Not every religion has a god
      Plus we have seperation of church and state taking the phrase out won't hurt anyone
      why would it be wrong?"
  • -12 +8 -20 Hello Apr. 23, 2014
    "yes we should keep it that is how it is suppose to be!"
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    • -1 0 -1 Alex Jan. 26, 2016
      "Good argument"
  • -12 +2 -14 Kyle Farrell Apr. 15, 2014
    "I'm pro that "under god" should stay in the pledge of allegiance because my dad fought in the Navy for 18 years and is 100% disabled. He fought for this Country for it's principles not to see people spit on them."
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  • -12 +11 -23 Jarrod Apr. 8, 2014
    "Yes because we are supreme with God"
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    • 0 0 0 Patricia Palanco Dec. 5, 2016
      "I agree God is good!"
  • -12 +2 -14 Carmello Pappalardo Apr. 6, 2014
    "It's not necessary! If you don't like "under God" being there, then DON'T SAY IT. It's not unconstitutional. What difference does it make? Why is this even an issue?"
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    • 0 0 0 HoodedHero007 Mar. 7, 2016
      "to Tira: I ask for 1 thing and 1 thing only; Evidence"
    • -3 +1 -4 Tiara Rogers Feb. 2, 2015
      "it is an issue, GOD has created this world and YOU!, if we didn't have GOD in this world we wouldn't even be here, how do the Scientists know who created anything in a are body who created the people, if they think the money are created from us, then who created the monkeys, who created the animals, who created the universe, how do you know, i know because GOD told us in the bible!"
  • -12 +10 -22 Rock Patriot Mar. 6, 2014
    "We owe it to God. Nothing here would be possible without his presence. Now, of course there are plenty of people in our nation that don't believe in God. I have a belief that God belongs in Americanism, but not everyone thinks that. My brother is an atheist and refuses to say God while saying the pledge. That is fine by me. As long as he keeps religious intolerance to himself, things are OK. Many people on the Con side think it promotes religion. No, it doesn't promote religion. It promotes a God. God is God. God is not religion, religion is a way to explain God and things we don't understand."
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  • -12 +3 -15 Skifrager Jan. 27, 2014
    "If we are not "under god" then we are under our own resolve and responsible for our own actions."
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    • +4 +4 0 M Apr. 6, 2015
      "People should be responsible for their own actions. When someone commits murder, they are responsible, they aren't going to get away with saying that "God told them to" in court. That is an important concept of LaVeyan Satanism."
    • +4 +4 0 .-. Mar. 12, 2014
      "And what is wrong with being responsible for our own actions? Your argument doesn't make sense."
  • -12 +7 -19 Tj Jefferson Jan. 16, 2014
    "Our founding fathers based our country under the basis of God. Look in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and many other documents. If you really think this is good on I'm middle school. God is important to our country and even the Spanish that brought Catholic religion. Think about it."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Chloe Mar. 23, 2014
      "I recommend you check your facts before commenting. If you do a bit of research, you'll see that a good majority of our founding fathers were either deists or atheists."
    • 0 +2 -2 comment Jan. 27, 2014
      "God was added to the Declaration of independence in the 1950s. The founding fathers intended for separation of church and state."
  • -12 +13 -25 PL Jan. 12, 2014
    "If science teachers have to teach evolution in public schools why can't "under God" be in the pledge if it is rarely said"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Chloe Jan. 30, 2014
      "One supports a particular establishment of religion, and one doesn't. Some Christians actually believe in evolution. There is a reason there are private schools for religious people, but we still (for a reason I don't quite understand) have under god in the pledge, and it still has to be said every morning."
  • -12 +14 -26 PL Jan. 9, 2014
    "The united states started off as thirteen colonies mostly formed becuse of religion and that religion was cathlocism."
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    • 0 0 0 imma Catholic May. 13, 2015
      "Wasn't it founded predominantly by Protestants not Roman Catholics?"
  • -12 +14 -26 John Doe Dec. 4, 2013
    "The United States of America was built on Christian grounds so i do not see any harm of leaving "under God" in the pledge."
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    • 0 +1 -1 brandon Apr. 3, 2014
      "But everyone isn't christian...."
  • -12 +8 -20 Alex the ruler Nov. 25, 2013
    "yes it should be in the pledge. There are things meant to stay in places and this is one that should and shall stay forever. Also I can't imagine my children one day going to school or anywhere and not say under god in th pledge of allegiance."
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    • +3 +3 0 Christian Girl Nov. 6, 2014
      "Well in reality, it hasn't been in the Pledge for "forever". In fact, it wasn't until 1942 that the phrase "Under God" was added by President Eisenhower."
    • +3 +3 0 Chloe Jan. 30, 2014
      "What would you do if one of your children decided to become an atheist?"
  • -12 +4 -16 Michaela Marquez Nov. 21, 2013
    "If taken to the supreme court, the judge would rule the phrase "under God" more of a historical piece of America rather than a violation of the establishment clause. This has also happened with the Santa Clara Mission on the Santa Clara City Seal and the phrase "In God We Trust" on the dollar bill."
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  • -12 +14 -26 anonymous Nov. 6, 2013
    "The 'under God' statement is not alienating the right of people. it isn't forcing someone to believe in God. it is simply implying that our founding fathers built this nation under God. that's what they believed, and isn't forcing you to believe. and each and every student has the right not to say it, it is not mandatory. a patriotic citizen, more often than not, is religious. therefore, that is why it is offensive to less people than not."
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    • +3 +3 0 Chloe Jan. 30, 2014
      "The majority of our founding fathers were atheists, deists, and agnostics. Why should a citizen have to be religious in order to be recognized as "patriotic"?"
  • -13 +4 -17 Mandy Sep. 15, 2014
    "It really is a silly thing to argue about. Let's be brutally honest, half of the time people say the pledge without even thinking about it or what it means. It is like a bunch of brain-washed zombies saying "brains, brains, brains" over and over again because that's all they really know. So half of the people who are offended, in my opinion, are quite frankly stated overreacting. If you have such a huge problem with it, then just don't say the "under God" part and stop making such a fuss. If you really feel that saying "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is the government forcing a certain religion upon you and are just so offended that you have to cause an argument, then I really think that you need to sit down and re-assess your priorities. The nation was founded (don't hate me for saying it) on the belief of God and if you don't believe personally in that, then that does not make you any less of a citizen and so if you feel that way then I really don't know what to tell you except for re-think that because I honestly can't see the "under God" part of the Pledge being changed or taken out completely any time soon. Thanks for reading."
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    • +3 +3 0 Sadie Mar. 18, 2015
      "I think that they should feel offended if they want to. It's a free country. Also, you shouldn't say "re-think that because I honestly can't see the "under God" part of the Pledge being changed or taken out completely any time soon." It's not your job to tell them what to believe. They feel offended because it's against what they believe- and nothing really can change their opinion. Thank you. Have a nice day."
    • 0 0 0 Josh Glass Jan. 12, 2016
      "Hahaha. This argument and reply are the only polite ones here. Thank you, and have a nice day."
  • -14 +7 -21 Victoria Mar. 25, 2014
    "I think that definitely YES, the words under God, should be in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. It was God after all, that put us all here on the earth. It is a low down shame, that God is not in the Pledge of Allegiance."
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    • +5 +6 -1 mitchell Apr. 1, 2014
      "god is not necessarily real, that is just your opinion"
    • 0 0 0 Hunter Feb. 23, 2017
      "but he was just a made up person ._."
  • -16 +8 -24 Bill Goff Nov. 23, 2013
    "Yes. The u.s.a. has taken God out of everything that's y we are going down in a bad way. with out God the u.s. and people that dont believe in God are going to burn. than it will be to late. better get right with God now because tomorrow might be to late."
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    • +3 +4 -1 mitchell Apr. 1, 2014
      "god is not necessarily real that is your opinon not necessarily the truth"
  • -17 +8 -25 Christian Girl May. 1, 2014
    "Well i believe its ok because of the fact that God is the one who made this very world we live in today. Everything about how he made the Earth is logical. Its the best reason for how we are here today. It makes WAYYYYYYYY more sense than "there was a puddle that involved into a man" well i have a question for that, Where's the woman? Its not the fact that im against people who just dont believe, i just dont get why? Thats my explanation."
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    • +6 +8 -2 Bruce Jul. 22, 2014
      "Oh yes everything being created in 6 days and the laws of conservation of energy and mass being violated along with a 40 day flood and walking on water is completely logical and makes WAYYYYYYY more sense than the theory of evolution which says nothing about a puddle."
    • +1 +2 -1 HoodedHero007 Mar. 7, 2016
      "Puddles don't evolve into things.
      The fusion reaction in the sun forms more complex atoms.
      When they go to earth, they combine molecularly.
      Some compounds formed the first organisms (unicellular)
      Those reproduced via mitosis until a mutation allowed for sexual reproduction.
      Mutations added onto each other until we had these species"
    • -1 +2 -3 SM>IiI Dec. 1, 2014
      "Of course it cannot be explained how everything was created in 6 days, were only human with just a tiny bit of information in our minds. All we can wrap our minds around is the theory of evolution because that's all we can make logic of. However, how can you make logic sense out of creation? You can't. So you cannot understand how creation happened in 6 days, and you cannot understand God. There is more then just a human's understanding out there. If we continue to focus on the theory of evolution then we will fail to ever make sense of anything further discovered. Can we wrap our minds around the fact that we will never understand everything? Of course, because that makes logical sense that we don't understand everything. But yet somehow we all learn something from one another as we go through life, but there has always got to be a source from where that information came from. Even Charles Darwin himself needed to have a source to build his foundation on his theory of evolution. Everything doesn't come from nothing."
    • -2 0 -2 Christian Girl Nov. 6, 2014
      ""Well I believe it's okay because of the fact that God is the one who made this very world we live in today. Everything about how he made the Earth is logical. It's the best reason for how we are here today. It makes way more sense than "there was a puddle that EVOLVED into a man." Well I have a question. Where's the woman? It's not the fact that I'm against people who don't believe, I just don't understand why. That's my explanation." -Christian Girl 2.0 (revised)"
  • -18 +2 -20 Sumthing Feb. 27, 2015
    "Some atheists are too butthurt about it, because they believe that God doesn't exist and wants to shove it down every religious persons' throat."
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    • +1 +2 -1 agnostic99 Mar. 24, 2016
      "yes, that is a possible perspective, but how many Christians have tried shoving their beliefs 'down other peoples throats' and in their minds to try to change their thought process?"
    • +1 +3 -2 Josh Glass Jan. 12, 2016
      "As an Atheist, I believe that you are seriously stereotyping with this. I don't shove anything down religious people's throats. It's just ridiculous that Christians are being so hateful about it."
  • -20 +18 -38 Josiah Tribble Nov. 17, 2013
    "Our nation was founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to recite the Pledge of Allegience with one nation under God included in it, we give honor and glory to God for he alone is worthy of our praises. God inhabits the praises of his people and all who honor and bring glory to his mighty name, he shall prosper them and cover them under the protection of his love. If we confess with our mouths for what God has done for us, he will confess us before the multitudes of angels in heaven. In heaven our fame will be written, all because of our willingness to be identified with God and to confess him with our mouths before all men. We shouldn't be ashamed to say one nation under God in the Pledge of Allegience, and it is by no means an imposition of the church or religion. It's an attitude of the heart that carries abounding gratitude for our freedoms that God has given. In conclusion would we be this stringent upon a sports figure for kneeling down to honor God for a touchdown or a perfect game that is pitched? Of course not! So why being stringent towards children and others for being lead by their hearts to honor God. What ever happened to that quote, " Give Honor where Honor is Due." Their just doing what their being told!"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Chloe Jan. 30, 2014
      "The first amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion. If the words in the pledge are respecting a particular establishment of religion, then it is unconstitutional, thus unpatriotic. How can you truly serve your country while being unconstitutional, even if law has not ruled it so?"
    • 0 0 0 Gabrielle Feb. 11, 2017
      "If I could give you a million thumbs up i would... Ignore the haters Josiah. Thank you for standing up for our religion."
    • -1 0 -1 Vidal Oct. 5, 2016
      "This is not the place to be preaching"
    • -2 +2 -4 Lincoln Nov. 21, 2013
      "I AGREE 100000000000000000000000000000000%"
    • -3 +1 -4 mitchell Apr. 1, 2014
      "you sound like the bible"
  • -25 +8 -33 sarah Nov. 6, 2013
    "People are nuts!!! I said it everyday in school! I'm guessing that 90 percent of the people that disagree are from another country, just trying to change ours!! Well if u don't like it home school your kids!! Some people are just unbelievable!"
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    • +5 +6 -1 Bruce Jul. 22, 2014
      "Really from another country. Such a claim is not only baseless but insulting. You have no evidence to further this point however using common sense one can deduct that nearly everyone against the words under god would be the ones who say the pledge of allegiance INSIDE the U.S."

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  • +53 +100 -47 Shwem May. 20, 2014
    "America is a land of religious freedom"
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    • +5 +6 -1 Billy Bob Mar. 4, 2016
      "I agree with "Shwem", but I also agree with "Spencer", the former because it's true, we are a land of religious freedom, the latter because I feel the same way. There are people that I know that would argue over the smallest of religious problems such as what "Spencer" said: quarters and money that say "in God we Trust." If you were rich with a trillion dollars, then just won the billion dollar lottery, you wouldn't care how many "in God we Trust"'s are on them. The opposite is also true, if you were dirt poor and could't afford to buy a penny with a dollar, then any amount of money, no matter what was written, would be welcome."
    • +3 +6 -3 Spencer Feb. 8, 2016
      "Please, tell me how the words "under God" are encroaching your religious freedom. Do you really feel that those words are restricting your freedom? You have freedom of speech, so if it really bothers you, practice that freedom by choosing not to say "under God' as you pledge. Does paying for something with quarters make you feel less free because they have "in God we trust" written on them? I'm so tired of people nowadays getting offended over the smallest things."
    • 0 0 0 Gabrielle Feb. 11, 2017
      "I do believe that America is a land of religious freedom, however, I believe that what Faith said (to the right of Shwem's post on best filter) says it all. Thank you Faith!"
    • -1 0 -1 Josiah Mar. 6, 2017
      "Founded by believers of the very same GOD mentioned in the pledge"
  • +15 +40 -25 Robbie Oct. 14, 2015
    "The words "under God" were added during the Cold War solely to make the U.S. appear somehow morally superior to the Soviet Union. Given the Constitutional separation of church and state, those words should never have been added, and I would like to see them removed."
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  • +7 +21 -14 Nic Nov. 1, 2013
    "It's not a matter of whether you feel insulted, it's about the fact that others may feel insulted. You may say people are over reacting but who are you to say how someone reacts to something they feel strongly about? I am not offended but I keep in mind that others may be. This country in no way is a Christian nation. The United States was established Secular and has been ever since and the constitution backs that up. (I advise reading it before replying)"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Chloe Jan. 30, 2014
      "Thank you for recognizing the fact that the U.S. was founded by (and dare I say, for) non-religous people"
  • +4 +9 -5 Victor Greywolf Nov. 16, 2016
    "As an Atheist, I don't believe that it should be on our pledge. When the USA was founded in 1776, our founding fathers wanted to distant themselves and future generations from both the Puritans and the king who oppressed people by forcing religion onto the people. How sad that in 1954, some kook put "Under God" in there, with the intention of nothing more than war time propaganda. It is truly sickening. As far as the pledge goes, it seems people are considered unpatriotic and traitors if they refuse or omit the "Under God" part of the pledge.

    Now, as much as we have religious freedom in this country, believing in a "god" doesn't make you anymore patriotic than having a belief in a so-called "higher power" gives someone an excuse to do evil. Patriotism comes from the heart.

    With that being said, it sounds very delusional for people to put under god, since the United states constitution has a guaranteed separation of church and state. We shouldn't keep it in the constitution, but also, we shouldn't force people who don't believe in God to say "under god", if they choose not to, because when you do, you are no better than the oppressor who is forcing you to believe in something you don't. Food for thought."
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  • +3 +20 -17 Jess Oct. 11, 2014
    "exclude it from the pledge. I've gotten yelled at by teachers for not saying it because as far as I'm concerned you can practice whenever wherever, but do not make everyone say something they don't believe. I'm not part of a monotheistic religion, and i don't want anyone to feel compelled to be part of it or forced to because our government deems that it garter support from the Christian and Jewish majorities. Our government is a republic because it protects against majority rule. "under God" impeded upon the right to freedom of religion and separation of church and state because it reinforces monotheistic ideology. I don't care if you want to pray in a religious school, or pray during a football game--but don't make a national oath align a country that claims to be of freedom of religion and practice enforce monotheistic religions and practices by stating our nation is under God on a daily basis as children until we graduate high school."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Jason David Irminger Feb. 9, 2017
    "Have you ever gone to school and been ashamed to pledge yourself to your own country? Have you ever felt a level of awkwardness and embarrassment so high you wondered why you were American? Have you ever gotten to an argument- or multiple ones- about why you don't believe in "The Lord Almighty"? Have you ever even considered showing the maximum amount of disrespect and contempt towards America by staying seated during the pledge? All because of two words. "Under god." This is what I have to go through EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And you know what? I'm tired of it. Make it stop. I call upon the first amendment to stop this injustice towards non-Christians like myself. It violates our rights as a human. QUIT. IT."
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  • +2 +10 -8 Emil Lapierre Jan. 12, 2015
    ""The practice of reciting the Pledge in public schools specifically targets children, inculcating them with a monotheistic message not held by millions of Americans. This is not a passive reading of a historic document but an active swearing of a loyalty oath to one's country and, since 1954, an avowal that our nation exists 'under God,' which is tantamount to prayer.

    The First Amendment does not require hostility toward religion, but mandates government neutrality toward religion. By imposing a religious belief on those without such beliefs, the current version of the Pledge utterly fails this test.""
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  • +2 +12 -10 Phoebe Jan. 6, 2015
    "Not everyone believes in God. It is not fair that someone who doesn't has to say"under God". If the pledge of Allegiance has to word "under God", It is proving that some people's thoughts are wrong.Also, in the start of the pledge of Allegiance it states "Justice for all". You don't have justice if you are forced to think and say that this nation is "under God"."
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  • +2 +14 -12 Carla Apr. 24, 2014
    "Well i just think people should get over it and move on with life so they arnt stuck over 2 words"
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  • +2 +14 -12 Enrique Apr. 23, 2014
    "People shouldn't have to say under god, as it associates patriotism with monotheism, which is not what this nation is about. It is about freedoms."
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  • +2 +11 -9 Brandyjack Apr. 8, 2014
    "The phrase was not in the original wording. It was added as a political statement against "godless communism," and now is used by various sects to justify overt religious laws and social controls."
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  • +2 +14 -12 Mitchell Apr. 1, 2014
    "the original pledge created by the founding fathers did not have under god in it and they were all religious so why do we have to abide to something some baptist made up(who was obviously biased). also, our school systems force us to say under god when 12% of 360 million people, approximately 43 million people in the us alone. they can do whatever they want in other countries, but last i heard we had this thing called the first amendment and freedom of speech or lack thereof."
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  • +1 +4 -3 GDYVAUDWHGDBWVWUDHU May. 13, 2016
    "I believe that "under God" should be removed from the pledge of alliance because of opposing views on religion. Some people don't worship the same god/gods as others or don't worship a god at all. I is unfair that while showing their love for America they have to say that they are "under God" when they really don't believe they are. Even thought i do believe in God, people have freedom of religion so they shouldn't have to say "under God""
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  • +1 +4 -3 CMAOANMANER MAMA May. 13, 2016
    "I feel like it should be removed because not everyone is a christen. I am a christen but i have a lot of friends who are atheistic. I feel like people shouldn't have to say things they don't believe in. This is a free country and there is freedom of religion so people who don't believe they shouldn't have to say it."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Madison N. May. 10, 2016
    "The addition of the phrase "under God" in our nation's pledge is an act that portrays the US as a solely Christian nation. Although the US is majorly Christian, God should not be referenced in the Pledge or on currency because it defiles all other practiced religions in the US, creating religious controversy; and adding God to the Pledge takes away from its original writer, who did not write it as a religious statement. As well, though taking it away would look like an attempt of secularism in our country, it would even out the credit for each of the 313 religions practiced in this nation.
    If this statement is against your beliefs or you would like to add anything, feel free to reply. I am not writing this as a derogatory statement toward anyone by any means, and any offense taken by this statement was not meant to be purposely provoked."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Kevin J Mar. 4, 2016
    ""The United States of America have exhibited, perhaps, the first example of governments erected on the simple principles of nature; and if men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves of artifice, imposture, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history. Although the detail of the formation of the American governments is at present little known or regarded either in Europe or in America, it may hereafter become an object of curiosity. It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses." ~~ John Adams: "A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America," 1787-88"
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  • +1 +10 -9 Kaitlynn Moore Dec. 13, 2015
    "I am an atheist and I don't agree with "under god" being in the pledge. The first amendment says in it freedom of religion, and we deserve exactly that. Yes, it is true that America is predominately christian, but there is still a large enough amount of citizens who are not christian, we should be considered too. Also, those words were not originally in the pledge, and if anyone knows the history of the words, they know that those words are no longer needed and therefore should be removed to not offend anyone else."
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  • +1 +12 -11 martin butt Dec. 7, 2015
    "i think they should take it out because it is more biased to one religion and not all."
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  • +1 +9 -8 Quaker A Dec. 2, 2015
    "I am a Quaker, we believe in god but we do not believe in saying pledges. so we will refuse to say the whole pledge"
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  • +1 +7 -6 Kyle Oct. 29, 2015
    "It should not be in a pledge that is issued by the government. And we also should not be telling our kids to say this in public schools. This goes against religious freedom and what our country stands for today and since we started. Imagine you're from another country and you come to this one, hearing about how you can follow any religion you want. You have a kid, he goes to school on the first day, and comes home saying that they had to say a pledge that included that we are "Under God." You would get furious. It goes against we this nation stands for and what our soldiers have fought for since the revolutionary war up to modern times."
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  • +1 +7 -6 Lux Oct. 27, 2015
    "The words 'under god' were added in during the cold war as a device to manipulate the American people, much like they were slapped on our money.
    The country was not only founded on secular values, but this phrasing is plain and simply unnecessary. It was added in, and it can be taken out. This isn't about being offended so much as symbolizing America's freedom of, and therefore from, religion, as well as its other beliefs.
    Regardless of the Christian majority, (argument ad populum; a logical fallacy. Popularity does not dictate anything but itself) this delves into the protection of minorities which holds strong in a free country.
    I mean, there are more whites than any other, so why not unequal treatment?
    The answer is, because, regardless of numbers, a fair chance should be given to all, and that is the symbolism in removing those simple bunching of words."
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  • +1 +12 -11 Sandwich Oct. 21, 2015
    "We should not allow "under god" to be in our pledge because we should not be telling the children that this nation believes that we were all created by a flying space deity that created the universe in six days by hand, is true."
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  • +1 +14 -13 Mike Sep. 5, 2015
    "If you allow any religious aspects anywhere in government than you are inviting any new majority to change it to their core beliefs. What if one day there was a Muslim majority would we be one nation under Allah or what about if t satanists too over the majority are we them one nation under lucifer?"
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  • +1 +9 -8 Patrouious Aug. 6, 2015
    "Thomas Jefferson's letter on January 1st 1802 the 3rd president of the United States of America stated in the letter ""make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." using the term "under god" violates what our 3rd U.S. President said. I'm not an atheist let's make that clear. I am simply because we have the freedom of religion and the freedom from religion. Saying "under god" in the pledge forces the Christian religion down other people's throats."
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  • +1 +14 -13 A Molerat Feb. 5, 2015
    "As an atheist, I do not take that much offence to the words, but I do not want this nation defined as a Christian or Jewish (Both worship the same god) nation since, I am not a Christian or a Jew. Not only are there are atheists, there are scientologists, Buddhists, Muslims, pastafarians, etc. in this country, so therefore, "Under God" should not be in the pledge for our country."
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  • +1 +15 -14 mystery person Feb. 2, 2015
    "i think religion is waste of time and and that were brain washing kids by telling them they have to stand up for something they may or may not believe in which can result into an outbreak because if a student were to argue about not wanting to say the pledge because its not in their belief."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Neutral Apr. 1, 2015
      "If someone wants to believe in something, that is their right. If they don't want to say the pledge, that is also their right. It is not brain washing, it is a person believing what he or she wants to believe in."
  • +1 +15 -14 Phoebe Jan. 8, 2015
    ""Under God" shouldn't be in the Pledge of Allegiance because the piece of literature does not correspond. What I mean by this is that this text, it said that this nation is under God. Later on in this piece of literature, it stated that there is "justice for all". There is no justice if someone, a human, is forced to believe that their feelings and thoughts are incorrect. There is no liberty in being forced to believe in God. Also your proof is in many great pieces of literature in history like the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence states " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." We have no liberty if we must state "Under God." "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." This is not the original pledge either. The original pledge goes like this:"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."Their is no "under God"."
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  • +1 +21 -20 Corbin Clapp May. 22, 2014
    ""under God" in the pledge assumes everyone in america is christian, right. I know plenty of americans who are NOT christian, in fact, many are my friends, and they all agree with the american principles, so why is this in the pledge"
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  • +1 +11 -10 MD Oct. 11, 2013
    "we are in a country with free religion that is what we came over here for, so why should we be forced into saying something that we do believe in."
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  • +1 +10 -9 Liam Black Oct. 10, 2013
    "It's a free country and none shold be forced to beleve in a
    religon. And isn't it what were trying to stop in amarica forced religon? But thats just my opinon"
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  • +1 +10 -9 MD Oct. 9, 2013
    "Who on this website believes in god, I do but I don't always follow it. Who on this website follows your religions rules exactly. I would love to see every one doing that but tell that day comes I think it should be out. So to the unbelievers are you patriots or are you not I think you can be both, the government doesn't, why should people say something every day, or every game they wach and not mean it to the people who do are you lying to us or yourself."
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  • +1 +12 -11 Eric George Sep. 29, 2013
    "The one thing that keeps popping up into my mind is all of the immigrants who go through the legal hoops for citizenship that are Hindu, or Buddhist being forced to swear by a god that does not exist in their universe... Let's put it another way: If a public school was forcing students to swear to the flag by ANY other god, there would be an outrage... Our constitution is supposed to grant the same rights regardless of Religion, Race, or Creed. I for one, would not want my children to swear by a god who has declared that my daughter is to obey a wife-beating bastard because she is his property."
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  • +1 +13 -12 kathy Sep. 9, 2013
    "this is violating our first amendment!!!!"
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    • -2 +1 -3 dracula Feb. 25, 2015
      "oh really? how so?"
  • +1 +11 -10 Isaac Greene Sep. 5, 2013
    "Not everyone believes in god or the judeo/christian god, so why should we be told to place our allegiance in him with our country if we dont believe?"
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    • -3 +1 -4 SM>IiI Dec. 1, 2014
      "Just because people don't believe doesn't mean its not true."
  • 0 0 0 Miguel Apr. 20, 2017
    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. This is what the first amendment states.And the stating of under god clearly favors theist religions over Agnostics and Atheists. In class a young Atheist or agnostic child can either label themselves a rebel against patriotism or defy everything their religion stands for.Because of this the words under god should be removed from the pledge"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Nick S. Apr. 5, 2017
    "america is the land of the free and one of those feedoms granted to its citizens is the freedom of religion, given to its people under the first amendment. that means any and all religions are welcome to be practiced here. chirstianity, catholicism, buddhism, hinduism, judism, and even satanism. ANY and ALL religions. so for the pledge to focus on only one god of all the religions is a violation of the first amendment. in my personal opinion i would much rather the the phrase "under god" be removed from the pledge of allegiance, to show the citizens and the world to show the United States of America really is a land of freedom. a place where religious descrimination is non-existent and a home where religions can be practiced in their own manners, without interference and judgement."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Augie Apr. 3, 2017
    "I believe it shouldn't be in the Pledge since more Americans are non-Christian than are. Also, the First Amendment allows freedom of speech. This should also apply to not speaking.
    -Augie"
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  • 0 +3 -3 KO Jan. 10, 2017
    "The phrase "under god" suggests that, in order to be a patriot (which some republicans basically define as citizen) you must believe in god. Plus, it violates the first amendment, as supported by the founding fathers of the United States."
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  • 0 +3 -3 akid Dec. 9, 2016
    "im 12 but i know that this country was founded in god plus I'm a christen so no it shouldn't"
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  • 0 +4 -4 M Oct. 31, 2016
    "Children are made to recite the Pledge of Allegiance from an alarmingly early age. They are punished if they refuse. Children are indoctrinated to believe in things that they don't understand, and adult politics that are out of their control, practically from birth. The use of the words "under God" in the Constitution undeniably contributes greatly to a child's lack of autonomy."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Johncena12 Oct. 6, 2016
    "God is bullcrap anyway. Why put him in our pledge? It upsets me to have to be reminded that this idea which is a scam that makes people give up stuff to them makes so many people believe that crap because their parents did and It was shoved down their throat at a young age AND science proved It wrong every time!!!"
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  • 0 +5 -5 kade Sep. 23, 2016
    "separation of church and state"
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  • 0 +5 -5 amar Jul. 21, 2016
    "Now the US is seen by many to be threatened by radical Islam, a system under a different god, with a different set of laws derived from their holy book -- but still under a god. Extremists say they seek to undermine Western civilization "from within". When the threat came from a godless system, we added "under God"; today there is a new threat from a new God; perhaps it is time to take it out.

    Perhaps we should return to our original text: one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Kevin Sep. 21, 2016
      "However, shouldn't we try to remind everyone in our country of the connection that we share? Think of how some people view the innocent Muslims in our countries, and think of how much we alienate them without our shared attribute of belief in God."
  • 0 +4 -4 Daryn Guarino Jun. 24, 2016
    "The pledge should be, at best, reserved for adults who understand the meaning behind the words. Forcing children to say the pledge is compelled nationalism and delivers no benefit to the country or the children. Adding a meaningless plea to a non-existent deity should have never been added to the pledge. Non-existence aside, not every American has a god and no god represents just America. In a land where many and no gods reign at the same time, in a land of religious choice and freedom, it is and always was a meaningless phrase underlining the baseless fears of a frightened bunch of old white christian men. 'Under god' is a national embarrassment and should be removed. After that, the pledge should be removed from public schools altogether.."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Jace age 15 Jun. 7, 2016
    "There should be no pledge:

    "The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country."
    --UsHistory.org

    Our country was never supposed to have public schools, public schools are theft and brainwashing."
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  • 0 +4 -4 LightBluePika2 May. 24, 2016
    "I do not think it should be in the pledge. It might offend some people, and it could cause many more problems than just a small debate. I mean, we started a war over a Flag! So, lets not make that happen ever again for a pledge. However,, I could also disagree with myself, but this is what I think we should do."
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  • 0 +6 -6 No. May. 13, 2016
    "The "under God" line in the pledge allegiance was good to be removed because, yes this was originally a christian nation but it is now a nation of freedom of religion according to the 1st amendment. With that statement it is saying, yeah everybody in America can choose there own religion but we are gonna point special poems,songs, ect torwards Christianity and God. How is that truley giving everybody equality of freedom of religion. It is like judging the non Christians. Saying they should worship God bc it is in the pledge."There are approximately 313 religions and denominations practiced in the United States." Not all of those religions believe in God. "Christianity is the country's largest religion with about 159 million members." A large majority does follow Christianity but what about the rest? This country gives everybody freedom of ALL religion, not just most."
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  • 0 +3 -3 ShutUPJ3rkwad May. 13, 2016
    "I believe that by saying " Under God", it goes against the 1st amendments freedom of religion. Non- Christians will most likely feel uncomfortable and unable to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Chloe Apr. 27, 2016
    "I think the the words "Under God" shouldn't be in the pledge of allegiance because it causes children to be bullied by teachers and administrators."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Snape Jut Mar. 30, 2016
    "People are such idiots! America is a country where religion can be expressed. However, this is truly biased and should be removed from the Pledge. I am an atheist and it is very offending to me."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Erica Mar. 7, 2016
    "The Pledge of Allegiance is an integral part of patriotism and unity as a nation. In our public schools, American children are taught to recite the Pledge without knowing what it really means. The Pledge is a promise to be loyal to the United States of America. However, the inclusion of the words "Under God" makes the speech a promise to be loyal to and ruled by God. This prayer-speak is a direct challenge to the separation of church and state, a fundamental principle of the U.S. The United States may have been founded by Christians, but those men created the country to protect the rights of the people, including the freedom of religion. Education is what shapes a child for the rest of his or her life. Currently, our public schools teach children to be loyal to God, which is fine for Christian and Jewish students. However, Muslims, Buddhists, and those of other religions pray differently. Why are Muslim children taught at home to pray to "Allah" and at school to pray to "God"? Also consider atheist children, who are taught in school to acknowledge God? Most American children are Christian, but to protect other families' rights to pass their religion to their children, schools cannot teach conflicting prayers."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Billy Bob Mar. 4, 2016
    "I think that it should be taken out of the pledge because, as a non-christian student, I see that most, definitely not all, Christians think that since they are the majority of the worlds population, they are the only religion out there. Also, the Founding Fathers had made it so that the pledge was to the country, not to a god that isn't mine. If there is to be a religious reference, it should be more general and including."
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    • +1 +1 0 Jace age 15 Jun. 8, 2016
      ""The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country."

      The founding fathers didn't even want a public school. Schools should be privatized so people can send their kids to whichever fits them best. In a privatized school you can choose an Athiest or Christian school or whatever you want but no public school can fully be "general and including.""
  • 0 +5 -5 Cameron B. Feb. 29, 2016
    "i'm con because, athiesm is a belief in no god or form of higher power. For an athiest to not say the pledge is something that would be frowned upon, but saying the pledge would go against everything they believe in. Therefore i believe the words'Under God' should not be in The Pledge of Allegiance."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Ariel Wilson Feb. 26, 2016
    "You should not have to say under god in the pledge, because there are children/adults in the world that don't believe in god, i for one do not. but thats not the point. they should be able to be themselves as an atheist. they shouldnt have to go against what they believe in."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Joseph Haas Feb. 21, 2016
    "I think adding in the "under God " part can be offending to the people who do not believe in God. Only 20% do not believe in God, but only 12.9% of people are African American in the US but you don't see the other races going saying that the n-word is okay."
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  • 0 +12 -12 Proud Atheist Mar. 22, 2015
    "The idea of a dictator in the sky goes against the very idea of democracy. It is especially insulting to ask us to believe in stuff that has been proven to be a human invention and there is no evidence for.

    We are a scientific, democratic country not a theocracy."
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    • -1 +2 -3 It's aliens May. 13, 2015
      "It's kind of funny how you say there is no evidence for it, when most people who argue that it is a sham seem to just ramble on about how aliens were the ones who had a hand in it. And besides no body is shoving anything down your throat so chill for a cool minute"
  • 0 +9 -9 Sadie Mar. 18, 2015
    "I am Christian. However, I believe that people should not be forced to believe; believe anything if you want. The pledge should be considerate of all the religions. How about changing it to your god. This will include all religions, and no one will be offended even slightly. I'm OK either way, but I don't want others to feel left out."
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    • +2 +2 0 Josh Glass Jan. 12, 2016
      "I agree with you, but atheists don't have a god, just saying. :)"
  • 0 +14 -14 Evaclair Nov. 15, 2014
    "I believe that if you put the phrase "under God" in the US Pledge of Allegiance, it would be a great offense to many athiest because it is assuming that everyone is Christian. It is pratically saying that "under god" implies that the nation is a whole so if you do follow this so-called "god" then you are excluded from this nation? But, I understand that there are many Christians out there who respect their god and here, I stand as an athiest speaking for all those athiest out there. It is not right to say that we all are under the rule of this immortal lord. I have proven this point but of course, I respect everyone else's opinion and this is only my opinion and I will respect if you don't agree with me. That is how my world revolves and I hope all of you respect others as well."
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  • 0 +12 -12 ember darkura Oct. 9, 2014
    "schools shouldnt be saying the pledge, they should be learning. even though im christan i still think schools shouldnt bring a religious figure or religious saying in a learning enviroment im 17 im in high school and i still beleive that the kids of our and next generation should express our own religous beliefs. just not in school.
    just saying"
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  • 0 +11 -11 Bruce Jul. 22, 2014
    "If the pledge were to say the U.S. Is without god then it would be considered anti-religious. So with the words under god in it which is the opposite of the U.S. being without god then the pledge is pro-religious. The government cannot constitutionally support a pro-religious pledge so therefore it should be removed."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Heather Homack Nov. 1, 2013
    "I believe that "under God" being in the Pledge of Allegiance is wrong do to the fact that not every one is religious and believes in a god. In tern demeaning the will to pledge ones allegiance to something that is thought of as falls to thous who don't believe in a God."
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  • 0 +15 -15 kerstin Oct. 21, 2013
    "Separation of church and state. Let people choose their own region and don't push yours on them."
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  • 0 +17 -17 Carolyn Sep. 25, 2013
    "The pledge is meant to help bond us together as Americans, but I believe that the "under God" portion has alienated some of us. Religion is a category, and different Americans fall into different religious categories. It is something that divides us as a people. Included in the pledge is the word "indivisible". But we can not truly be indivisible unless we do away with these sorts of splits that separate us. I believe that "under God" should be taken out of the pledge not for the purpose of it offending anybody, but for the fact that a more inclusive pledge could help us to further unify as a people."
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  • 0 +13 -13 Elton Sep. 10, 2013
    "I can still remember clearly how uncomfortable it was to make sure nobody was watching me when I skipped the "under God" part of the oath. I want no American to feel this way."
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  • 0 +15 -15 garrett lakey Sep. 7, 2013
    "bring it back to the original way it was written"
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  • 0 +15 -15 Dan Sep. 5, 2013
    "Under god was added during McCarthyism - during the fear mongering witch hunt that was the US back then. It is discriminatory and unconstitutional."
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  • -1 0 -1 Jerry Apr. 18, 2017
    "i don't belivie in god so i don't like saying it"
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  • -1 +7 -8 A STUDENT Nov. 9, 2015
    "I am doing this subject in my Government Honors 9 class and I do believe that the words "under god" should be removed. I am presbyterian ( it is a form of Christianity). I AM NOT A RELIGIOUS PERSON. I'm am stating this because I know people will say that I am only against it because I don't believe in god, but I do. people are commenting saying that you could just not say the two words but guess what not saying it does not solve the issue. the words conflict with what us Americans were told that we could have, FREEDOM. we should take out the words they can be offensive and they pass the Establishment, Endorsement, Incitement, and Clear and Present danger Test."
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  • -1 +9 -10 Damian Jan. 15, 2015
    "Having those words is a breach in the first amendment. Plain and simple. Just because it could be used for more than one religion doesn't mean it applies to all."
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    • -1 +1 -2 Paula Mar. 26, 2015
      "If you actually read it, it says freedom of speech and so therefore it is not a breach in our rights."
  • -2 +3 -5 Bill Aug. 18, 2016
    "I would suggest substituting "one nation, under the heavens" for "one nation,under god."

    Yes, "heavens" as opposed to "heaven" is quite intentional. The "heavens" has a nice, agnostic meaning that seems suitable, whereas "heaven" most certainly suggests a religious context."
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  • -2 +4 -6 braxton lauerman Jan. 14, 2016
    "for a nation that has grown so much without needing god it is disappointing to see that we are still holding on to a god that has not helped us advance at all. has god ever helped make a world trade center or a skyscraper no the hard workers who went to schools that god didn't make and learn from teachers that god didn't make. we all need to see we are a people who do not need a god."
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    • 0 0 0 Jace age 15 Jun. 8, 2016
      "It's sad that you don't believe in God, but I agree that there shouldn't be any government. That's what the sentiment of "has done nothing to help us" points to. Everything the government has done is with the people's money. They could have done it themselves."
    • -1 +1 -2 Josh Glass Feb. 2, 2016
      "I agree with you, because mythology should not dictate how the government is in any form."
  • -2 +4 -6 James E. Dick Sep. 4, 2015
    "The problem that I see is that no one has defined "exactly" what is meant by god. If you can get greater than 50% of the population to agree completely with such a definition then the pros have an argument. If less than 50% can agree completely on the definition of god then the term god is ambiguous and should not be contained in any public document. The addition of "under god" was a knee jerk reaction to the perceived "communist threat" of the early 1950s."
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  • -2 +8 -10 James Apr. 25, 2015
    "The words "under god" should absolutely not be in the US Pledge of Allegiance and the reason is quite simple. Not every American believes in God. The inclusion of these two words render atheists, agnostics, polytheists, etc. unable to make such a pledge honestly. This is offensive and does not reflect American ideals. The exclusion of these two words allows millions of Americans, otherwise excluded, the opportunity to pledge their allegiance. This does not detract in any way the profundity of the pledge. Many can not pledge allegiance with these two words included but none would stop pledging if they were excluded. And...IT WASN'T IN THE ORIGINAL PLEDGE ANYWAY!"
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    • 0 0 0 William Sep. 22, 2016
      "ORIGINAL OR NOT, It was put in the pledge because our founding fathers were christian, we wouldn't even have the pledge, i doubt we would even have our COUNTRY if it wasn't for them and to take it away, that would also cause some real problems. and in my opinion it would be disrespectful to our founding fathers. i'm going to let that sink in"
    • 0 0 0 *sips tea* May. 13, 2015
      "Maybe it implies that something major had happened to have Under God placed in"
  • -2 +8 -10 3spooky5me Feb. 12, 2015
    ""Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is fully consistent with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The words of the Pledge echo the conviction held by the Founders of this Nation that our freedoms come from God. Congress inserted the phrase 'One Nation Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance for the express purpose of reaffirming America's unique understanding of this truth, and to distinguish America from atheistic nations who recognize no higher authority than the State."
    What's the problem with atheistic nations? Atheistic nations have no wars with religious intent. Plus, a good demographic of America is atheist."
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  • -2 +15 -17 Jay T. Nov. 3, 2014
    "Education and prayer should be separated in school. Pledging allegiance to our country is right, but pledging to God is wrongfully assuming we are all Christians. We send our children to be enlightened with knowledge, not religion."
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  • -2 +11 -13 Osvaldo Verduzco Oct. 6, 2014
    "As an atheist, I feel uncomfortable when the pledge is recited in an event I am participating because of inclusion of the words "under God," and now that my children are in school they are, willingly or not, being indoctrinated into believing there is a God when I am trying to teach them at home that there are no gods. God hos no place in the school setting and should be removed from the pledge. If it is not removed, it should not be recited at school, period."
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  • -2 +9 -11 Mohamed Y Sep. 10, 2014
    ""Under God" should not be in the pledge of alligence because America is not the only country under God. All the countries in the world are under God. Not only that, but it is against some religions, such as Islam, to say the pledge of alligence."
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  • -2 +18 -20 Ryan Sussman May. 27, 2014
    "I do not believe that the words "under god" should be in the pledge of allegiance. My reason for this is that the first amendment clearly states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." yet most of the United States have a law saying that "The Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited each school day by pupils in elementary and secondary educational institutions supported or maintained in whole or in part by public funds." (ex: IL) meaning that the states are breaking the first amendment."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Bob Chuvilsmith May. 28, 2014
      "I know that all states force it, and the US congress hasn't said anything, but that is a very good point!"
  • -2 +11 -13 Enman.tengu Mar. 12, 2014
    "A pledge to the nation should not require a pledge to god, and as written it is a pledge to both and that is clearly inappropriate."
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    • -1 +1 -2 @Victoria Jan. 29, 2016
      "The Church makes billions of dollars from reading fairy-tales to people. Religion has nothing to do with the successes of this country, yet it is brought up in nearly every issue on this website. It is not a logical argument."
    • -2 +1 -3 Victoria Mar. 25, 2014
      "What in the world is wrong with people? God is why we are all here in the first place. God should be included in our nations pledge. The people that think it shouldn't be included, needs Jesus in their life, in the first place."
  • -2 +10 -12 Bridget Feb. 3, 2014
    "Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom. By protecting the freedom of religion and taking the words out of the pledge we are actually making it easier for the religious people to exercise their religion"
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  • -2 +12 -14 Chloe Jan. 30, 2014
    "Proponents argue that to people of other religions, it is just a phrase, but they don't realize how they would feel, if, in a hypothetical world wherein about eighty percent of the United States worshiped Thor or Vishnu, they were the minority. In Benjamin Franklin's words, democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner. We have to pay attention to the sheep if we want to maintain an unbiased society."
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  • -2 +8 -10 Skifrager Jan. 27, 2014
    "If we are not "under god" then we are under our own resolve and responsible for our own actions."
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  • -2 +8 -10 AMERICA GONE DOWN Jan. 22, 2014
    "I think that it shouldn't be included. Although America started as a nation under GOD, it has gone the other direction now. Same as Liberty and Justice for all. NO ONE get ANY LIBERTY of JUSTICE in AMERICA"
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  • -2 +12 -14 Madeleine Dewar Nov. 29, 2013
    "I learned the Pledge without the words "under God" and will never include them when I say the Pledge for 2 main reasons. The phrase was added by the tyrant Joe McCarthy during the 50's and the US must maintain separation of church and state as our forefathers intended. They not only stressed freedom of religion but also freedom of religion. Everyone has the right to practice their own religion or no religion. It is one of the underpinnings of this country."
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    • 0 0 0 Alex Jan. 26, 2016
      "Victoria, just because you believe in the magical bearded man doesn't make anyone else wrong for not believing. Keep your opinions to yourself or start putting in prove able facts"
    • -4 +1 -5 Victoria Apr. 1, 2014
      "Shame on you for saying that. God is all about this country and you should be more than happy to put them in the pledge of allegiance. If God had not have died on the cross, for us all, then where would we be now? Hell would be even more crowded than it already is. We would all be going to hell when we die. To all the people that says bad things about God, like not to have him in the pledge of allegiance, you will be held accountable for it. I am sure glad that I have more sense about me, to say something stupid like that. Honey you need to get down on your knees and pray hard for forgiveness. That is my sincere advice to you!!!!"
  • -2 +14 -16 Carly Nov. 25, 2013
    "There is a difference then being patriotic and religious. This is forcing people to be uncomfortable and maybe even biased. Yes, i am a Christian. But if I wasnt, I would be ncomfortable. Isnt this supposed to be a free country? Im using this topic for school reports, and Im kind of on the line between yes or no."
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    • +1 +1 0 jing Dec. 8, 2014
      "I agree"
  • -3 +4 -7 isaiah nanez Feb. 11, 2016
    "I believe that the phrase "under god" should not be in the pledge of allegiance because america was founded on the allowance of diffrent opinions if we force others religions on people with diffrent religions we will just be reverting back to the way it was over 1000 years ago when scientist were killed for not being faithful almost all wars start from religion and letting people say what they want when it comes to religion is just going to be a small step in to a better future for non believers"
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  • -3 +6 -9 Unknown May. 13, 2015
    "It violates our first admendment"
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  • -3 +13 -16 ananananamoose Feb. 12, 2015
    "first amendment"
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  • -3 +34 -37 Lee May. 21, 2014
    "Not everyone believes in God. Forcing your Christian values on others is unconstitutional and wrong."
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    • 0 +3 -3 Respect Apr. 1, 2015
      "Not everyone has to believe in a God. However, it is not just a Christian value because almost every religion believes in some higher power. It is their right and your right not to say the words "Under God" in the pledge, but know that many people will say those words because they believe, if not of religion, but in their country."
    • -2 +2 -4 Charles May. 21, 2015
      "last time I checked no one is holding you down and beating religion into you, however my religious beliefs are constantly attacked by atheists and agnostics."
  • -3 +15 -18 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 20, 2014
    "I understand that we were founded as a Christian nation, but since we aren't a Christian nation anymore, why bother forcing school kids to say "Under God"?"
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  • -3 +12 -15 Anonymous Mar. 3, 2014
    "It doesn't matter if most of our population is Catholic (or Jewish or Islamic). We don't have an official religion, and one of the major factors of our Independence was the separation of the state from religion."
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  • -3 +9 -12 AgnosticAnon Jan. 30, 2014
    "No! This is a free country, we shouldn't be forced to to say that in the pledge. What happened to freedom of religion?"
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    • 0 0 0 William Sep. 22, 2016
      "then skip it"
  • -4 +4 -8 Michael Jun. 10, 2015
    "Christianity is not a part of my cultural heritage and I don't want be constantly reminded of someone else's culture."
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  • -4 +10 -14 2spooky4me Feb. 9, 2015
    "It should not be in the Pledge because the United States is not a Christian country and I am not a Christian."
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    • 0 0 0 Dave Oct. 14, 2015
      "The US is a Christian country even though the US has no official religion. However, there are 160+ million Christians in the US. If it quacks like duck..then it's a duck. I do believe "under God" should be removed."
  • -4 +10 -14 Gay Jew Jan. 6, 2015
    "We are Americans, in the constitution, they say we have the freedom of religion. I am atheist , so I don't believe in God. Under God measn you believe in him, and I dont"
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  • -4 +18 -22 DownWithUnderGod Apr. 23, 2014
    "No way should we have to say under god he doesn't exist"
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    • 0 0 0 .-. Feb. 28, 2017
      "William where? do you have the evidence??? No you don't because he is not a real person"
    • -1 +1 -2 William Sep. 22, 2016
      "god exists whether you like it or not"
    • -6 +3 -9 Richard Oct. 20, 2014
      "Why do you think we exist? Because he made us"
  • -7 +11 -18 VERA MYLES Sep. 6, 2013
    "If this is removed then it hinders our rights. listen to the words
    WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. OKAY where is our rights? because 1 family wants it out. I am muslim and I want it in there. "WE THE PEOPLE " HAVE RIGHTS TOO. WE WANT IT TO STAY. THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON GOD. WE WANT OUR RELIGIOUS RIGHTS UP HELD"
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  • -9 +14 -23 kerry Nov. 7, 2013
    "under god was not in the original pledge. that was congress' doing in changing things in which they had no right to do."
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    • +2 +3 -1 PL Jan. 15, 2014
      "congress' pourpose is to change things why else would our founding fathers have put it there"
  • -13 +17 -30 mick May. 9, 2014
    "BECAUSE! ITS OFFENSIVE"
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  • -29 +20 -49 John Adkins Feb. 12, 2014
    "Are you kidding me? Riligion and state combined=WAR. Keep that lovely stuff to the simple minded outside of "our" country!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Andy Sep. 7, 2016
      "The fedora is strong with this one"
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