On Wednesday, September 14, 2005, a federal judge from the Eastern District of California ruled that it was unconstitutional to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The following are emailed responses from ProCon.org readers on that ruling.
Note: Some of the following responses have been edited for grammar, spelling, profanity and brevity. No other changes or alterations have been made. All received emails before 9/17/05 are shown below, in the exact proportion of pro and con responses received. To offer your perspectives on this ruling or this site in general, please contact us.
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"I think the whole controversy is about someone trying to get his/her name in the paper. 'Under God' was added long after the original pledge. Drop the 'Under God'. If it can be added, it can be subtracted. Our children should most certainly be taught to pledge allegiance to flag and country." Sarah - 9/16/05
"Although I am a Christian and love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, sincerely and with all my heart, I don't care one whit if the words '...under God' are removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. You see, submitting oneself to the authority of a national government (which is what God requires in the New Testament, in Romans 13 and 1 Peter 2:13-17) is definitely NOT pledging allegiance (an unequivocal "yes") to that national government.
'Under God' wasn't in the Pledge of Allegiance to begin with. According to your website information, '...the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a socialist editor and clergyman. It was not officially endorsed by the U.S. government until 1942. The words 'under God' were not added until June 14, 1954, thanks in part to efforts by religious leaders from the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Hearst Newspapers and the American Legion, who were 'worried that orations used by 'godless communists' sound similar to the Pledge of Allegiance.''
Were Christians spiritually decadent and apostate BEFORE the words '...under God' were inserted? Was the Pledge of Allegiance a blasphemous statement in between 1892 and 1954 (many millions of people's FULL lifetime were between these years)? Were any Christians GODLESS for having NO Pledge of Allegiance between 1789 and 1942? You can be sure that the answer to every one of those questions is, very simply, 'No.'
And it certainly woulnd't be a GODLESS act to remove those words from our pledge...words that weren't there for 62 years! And it has only been 51 years that those words were IN the pledge...and I'm certain you'll agree that America, in fact, was more of a GODLY nation between 1892 and 1954 than it has been since (when the words were IN the Pledge)!!
So what's the big deal about removing '...under God,' and making the Pledge of Allegiance the 'God-neutral' statement that it originally was? I see absolutely no problem with that." Curtis - 9/15/05
"I remember when I was in grammar school having to learn the new pledge with the 'under God' added. It felt uncomfortable then and it still feels uncomfortable. I would consider myself a Christian, but this is not, or should not be a question of a person's religion. It is a matter of keeping church and state totally separate.
How can we ask new citizens to say the pledge and mean it if they do not believe in the god of the USA? When we take a pledge, we should mean totally what the pledge says, not just say it because it is what is expected, but mean it in our hearts, and we shouldn't have any words in it that aren't needed. The reference to god is not needed as we do not or should not describe our country as being 'under god'. Then we would argue which god, who's god, and then we are what our forefathers ran away from.
I hadn't realized how really young the pledge is and the history of it, but it should be treated as a promise to our country to do what is right when needed, no matter what your religious beliefs are, because it is your country that is asking for the pledge, not your god." Candace - 9/15/05
"We all understand that the reason for the separation of Church and State was because of the persecution that our ancestors faced from Britain's state-oriented church. We all understand the dangers in mixing a religious organization with government policies, especially when we have a multi-cultured society such as ours with many beliefs. But this new ruling on the Pledge of Allegiance as being unconstitutional has nothing to do with the separation of Church and State. Please allow me to explain:
The idea was to keep a specific denomination and physical religious organization out of government. What these recent squabbles have been about is not the separation of Church and State, but rather the separation of Faith and State, and our founding fathers have never intended that. We are taking what they stated too far. Understand that these were faith based men, who in the wisdom God gave them separated Religion (as a physical organization) from Government. But these men held their Faith (in God) within the foundations of this Government. God is not church. Proof of that is that Islam; Judaism, and Christianity, three separate religions hold sacred the God of Abraham.
Anyone who has read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution understands that these men believed that God endowed all men with these rights, the same rights that now threatens to renounce God because misguided people seems to think that God and Church is synonymous when in fact he is closer to the idea of Faith or as an entity of Hope....
Let us not confuse these two issues here. I pray (or hope) that the people of the United States will learn to show the same wisdom that our Founding Fathers have shown in separating Church and State, but keeping Faith and State as whole, and ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance remains intact as it is! I will have faith that our government will eventually overturn this ruling and that Atheist, Agnostics, and non-monotheistic religious people will keep their beliefs, yet come to accept the principles on which this nation was built as they should its laws, liberties, and language." Shelby - 9/15/05
"I left grammar school in 1948. There was no 'Under God' in the pledge. I didn't miss it. Its omission did not warp me in any way nor destroy my belief in God. My first husband who died in 1993 was an atheist. He was a moral, decent, emotionally generous man who helped others often to his own disadvantage. His empathy was not God-fearing. He believed in helping others and not because he was afraid of Hell and God's disapproval. I think "under God" ought to be an individual affirmation and does not belong in schools. It turns the pledge into a prayer. It is discrimination of the most insidious sort and teaches our children to hold themselves above others for all the wrong reasons." Harriet - 9/15/05
"I will be working in the school system soon and as a person who does not believe in God/Gods. I was wondering how to handle this with the children. If this practice "Under God," does not exist it will be easier for me. I would feel uncomfortable if I had a child who was being taught the 'Under God,' in school. I squirm every time I see the different schools on TV repeating this pledge." Josephine - 9/14/05
"Should a non-believer be allowed to be a citizen of the United States, without the need to say 'under God' which he does not believe? I believe that an atheist, agnostic & non-believers in general should have the right to be one of us, with full rights of citizenship, & not required to say he is an 'under God' believer." Randy - 9/14/05
"I am a retired vetern. I respect the flag and what it stands for. I love my country and would serve again if called on, in any category. The pledge to the flag SHOULD NOT include ANY reference to ANY deity. I have refused to include it in my pledges since it was wrongly included." Willis - 9/14/05
"I believe 'under God' renders the Constitution illegal." Carol - 9/14/05
"First of all the Bible states that we should not WORSHIP nor BOW DOWN TO ANY FORM OF IDOL. God is not an Idol, a FLAG is......." Germaine - 9/14/05
"'Under God' should be left out. The pledge was not written with those words and they should never have been added. Same is true of 'in god we trust' on our money.
The reporting on TV today has been really silly. Christians always see their own point and never think of what people of other religions might like or not like. They are so pompous and conceited and should read a little about the beginnings of this country and stop saying that the Founding Fathers created this government on the Judeo/Christian religions. The Fathers were mostly Diests (thus the phrase 'Nature's God' in the Constitution), and there was not even one Jew." Anonymous - 9/14/05
"The pledge of Allegiance should be taken out of the public school. For one thing, they made it into a religious statement, which should have no place in public schools and second, it is a form of indoctrination." Griete - 9/14/05
"I think it is about Michael Newdow's one man show to prove that he is the most selfish insensitive moron to walk the face of the earth. He needs to realize that this is a God fearing nation, and we should be holding of God like values in every chance we get." Mark - 9/16/05
"What is the Pledge of Alleginance? Some say it's a part of religion and some say it isn't at all. Well, as a veteran who served for our country either here at home or across the oceans, the flag stood for the courage and blood of all of the soldiers of the new America, but for the blood spilled during the battles that came down. Red, white and blue stood for their honor for freedom. Colonial War, Civil War, the battle with the Indians, World War 1, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and the Iraq War. But in every war fought, all of our soldiers would cry out for God and mom when they were dying.
When the pledge was drawn up back then, it stood for all those young men crying out for god and moms to be taken into God's kingdom. It was them reaching out to God's hand to take them for the last time. So the pledge of allegiance has been a part of all Americans from way back then and being an American even now.
When I went to school to pledge my allegiance for my flag with 'under God' it meant for the soldiers that died for their country through out the wars. For we should all remember our soldiers for their pledge before going on to the battle fields. That's the way it was taught to us when I was in school way back then." Andrew - 9/16/05
"I think the Pledge of Allengence should stay like it is. America was founded an based on GOD an country. I love America, but we have let Atheists and devil worshipers ruin our rights and remove prayer in schools and take the Ten Commandments out of certain places. If we allow it to continue, I believe GOD is getting sick of the way America is heading. We are a country that was founded on GOD and Christialty.
As far as other citizens having to pledge to our flag and God...If they don`t want to respect OUR rights,they should stay in there own country. I believe they should respect out country and freedom to worship GOD if they come here.
God will get HIS judgment on the ones responsible for removing HIS NAME from anything. "Vengeance is mine" Sayeth the LORD, I will repay. I believe just a small portion of GOD'S wrath is being poured on the World now, with the hurricanes and so many terrorist attacks. We haven`t seen anything yet! I believe the BIBLE, and I read there will be much worse coming. I hope and pray the SAVED will be gone and raptured away before HIS Wrath is poured out." Anonymous - 9/16/05
"Enough about this pledge dispute, the pledge should stay. Taking that away is like taking away a babies bottle. This county has bigger MORE important things to deal with. These guys are being idiots and making needless problems for a few school districts. Every day I say the pledge strong and free because I want God to bless our county and obliterate these problem. I say it with meaning, I say it for the good of the greatest nation in the world. Do you believe that one guy can bring down a whole country?! No, we will prevail and live on, we will rebuild. If something like the pledge can be taken away, then by God it can be put back." James - 9/16/05
"The man that is disputing the pledge is he even from America? Maybe he needs to be taken to one of these countries that don't have free rights like we do in America. The pledge has always been in school, if he does not like it maybe he needs to take his daughter out of school. Let us believe the way we want to. People like him need to locked away in jail somewhere. Just some sick ways for a person to have control over what they want. He thinks that if he makes a big deal out of it that he can take this away from us. I will fight for what America stands for." Charity - 9/16/05
"These people who say that they are atheists should teach their children to use their own judgment as to saying or not saying 'under God' when stating the Pledge of Allegiance in school. The Pledge must stay as it is written in the schools." Jay - 9/16/05
"The heart of this issue--taking 'under God' out of the pledge is this: Evil men don't want to live by morals. As long as God is in the picture, morality must be respected. Who would go to the trouble to get 'under God' out of society if the intention wasn't personal enough to override all other priorities? Be not fooled by such efforts...it is man's vain ambition to live without morals; he wants to live out his selfish lusts." Anonymous - 9/15/05
"The Pledge of Allegiance is an affirmation of patriotism. 'Under God' is recognition of the faith of the founding fathers and the inspiration that led us to be the greatest nation in the history of the world. That we the people have stood with hand over heart to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is a demonstration to the world and to those anti-American elements that surreptitiously frequent our society, professing their right to be anti-American, that we the vast majority are proud to be Americans. We have, by our tolerance of those in our country who oppose the very heart and soul of this great nation, have allowed the creation of a fifth column that is trying to weaken our will and determination to follow in the footsteps of our predecessors who have fought, bled, and died to preserve our freedom. Their politically correct cynicism and lack of faith in our representative democracy, must be opposed and defeated by shedding the light of freedom and our faith in a supreme being into the dark corners from which they snipe and plan the downfall of our nation. As a very wise and somewhat humble man once said during the darkest days of WW II, 'Either put your heart into America or get your butt out.'" Ernest - 9/15/05
"I feel that it is a part of what American is. They have no right to take it away. Who do they think they are. America is God, red white blue, hotdogs, baseball. They cant take who we are away. It's wrong in so many ways." Amber - 9/15/05
"People came to America to have freedom of choice, not be told how they lived or worked. Now you have different groups who are slowly taking away our freedom of choice based on their religion or non-religion. They have the choice of saying the Pledge or not saying it, no one is forcing them to say it. My son who is 15 years old looks forward each day in school to saying it and seeing the American flag, that is his choice. If we can't have an American flag in schools to show loyalty for our country then we're not America anymore. What are we? Another country with people telling what we can say or not say, what religion we can practice or not practice. Pretty soon we'll be told what we can wear and not wear, what we are allowed to eat or not eat. When to go to bed and when to get up. Is this a concentration camp or America? We are not persecuting them for their beliefs, like the Jews were in Germany and the Protestants were back in history. I think these people need to go back to school and learn history all over again. These people don't like what America offers then they can go create a country of their own. Whether or not these people believe in God is not the issue. The Pledge is a Pledge of loyalty to our country not to God.
Just because they don't believe in God is no reason not to have the American Flag in schools. The flag is for this country not for God, if that were so they it would have a picture of God or Jesus on it, not the stars and stripes that represent each state in our country. AMERICA STAND TALL, STAND PROUD!" Desiree - 9/15/05
"I think the Pledge of Allegiance should stay exactly the way it is and people should leave it alone! These atheist 'MORONS' should realize NONE of us would be here if weren't for GOD! I personally am SICK and TIRED of these satanic worshipers trying to break down the American way of life. If they don't want to say the Pledge or the Lord's Prayer for that matter, then they can take their behinds outside the room or sit there and SHUT UP! I have told my children to say the Pledge with the words 'UNDER GOD' in it or don't say it at all. That is the way it is supposed to be recited. Americans have to start standing up more and not let these so called 'Liberal' idiots tell us how we can say OUR Pledge or OUR Lord's Prayer. If you ask me, when they took the Lord's Prayer out of the school, that is when America started going straight to HELL! I still cannot for the life of me understand how one ATHIEST woman was able to have that much power. That is pretty scary to me! I am a PROUD AMERICAN who is standing up and saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" Gina - 9/15/05
"I think that 'under God' should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance. Most people in this nation believe in God. I'm tired of the few who are always trying to take away my rights. If they do not want to say the Pledge of Allegiance or pray in school no one is making them. They have the choice to leave until the others who want to say it are finished. This nation has always been protected by God. We are so lucky we don't have to live like some people in this world have to. God help us if we ever take Under God out of the Pledge of Allegiance." Anonymous - 9/15/05
"I too am a thinking person; having considered the lack of evidence in support for the theory of evolution, the observed orderliness of the universe, the incredible and obvious detail to living organisms, the detail of 'mere cells', the hugeness of the universe, even the logical 'evidence' for the resurrection of the Christ of the Bible, persuade me there must be a Creator. Being persuaded God exists, and that it is unwise to violate the results of my research and deny the existence of a Creator, I personally support the value of 'one nation under God'.
Given my understanding, as a nation we would far healthier and wiser if we would in our 'hearts' embrace God and yield to the wisdom of the Bible. Logically, it seems illogical to assert there is no God. Would one not have to have all knowledge to reasonably assert there is no God? Reasonable research from an unbiased mind leans toward belief in God and the wisdom of yielding to that persuasion.
Therefore, I support 'one nation under God'. The the religious wars of the past, political and totally unbiblical, violate the very God nations' leaders alleged to defend and honor. Given the results of what I believe is unbiased research, I am supportive of our being wise to be a nation, one nation, under God.
It is from the lens of my research I evaluate this matter. [I would add that I too am not all-knowing; I am responding given my persuasions from my studies. I do not believe my response is 'culturally conditioned' but the results of honest thinking and research over the last 40 years.]" Garland - 9/15/05
"I think the Under God should stay in the Pledge of Allegiances. When saying the Pledge it starts out I pledge, not We pledge and it's my right as an American to believe as I want to. And God is my creator. If these people don't want their children to say under God they should be taught at home not to say it, or let the children go to school 15 minutes late every day so they won't have to heard it. Myself, I will always teach my children,grandchildren and great grantchildren the under God part. what are these people going to do next,attack the song God Bless America and I pray to God every morning before I start my day and Thank him for what I have or don't have. I will fight for my God as I would for my country. My mother didn't tell us what religious belief to believe in, just as long as we when to church somewhere. We have different beliefs in my family and I can't say we go to church all the time, but I sat home for two days and called each one of my 71 family members (age 8-86)about removing under God in the pledge and we as a family agree 100% that under God should stay in the Pledge of Allegiance." Trula - 9/15/05
"I am from Elk Grove, Ca and I am totaly offended when Michael says he is standing up for all the parents of EGUSD. He does not speek for me in this ridiculous attack on the Pledge. I said that Pledge everyday in school while growing up. I am proud to say my 3rd grade child knows the pledge word for word, and is learning the patriotic songs of our wonderful country. If you don't want to say the Pledge in school then sit down." Paula - 9/15/05
"I feel that we should leave the pledge to the flag alone. So far we have lost God in the court rooms and in the schools. Do people not realize that God is what formed this country?
The very reason people came to the promised land was so they can be free, and that includes religion. Little by little that right is being taken away from us, and we are told that there is nothing that we can do. The people who don't believe in God or who just don't want God don't have to pray, say the words under God or anything else. It is their right, but in the same manner don't take our right to pray whether it be in school, court house or to use the words under God or in God. Give us back our rights, if someone has a problem with their child learning about God or religion, then just tell that child that it's something that some people believe in. Then when the child is old enough he/she can make their own decision just as they did. Some people don't want religion forced on their children, religion is never forced on anyone. It is each individuals own choice, and they are denying their children that choice. By taking God away from everything, children will not know that they have a choice. So who is forcing their beliefs on whom? " Eva - 9/15/05
"I think the pledge should stay. Has this guy ever heard of Locke and Natural Laws? There are three laws; life liberty and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, this is also stated in the Declaration of Independence. I just don't think that the 2nd largest growing school district (Elk Grove Unified School District) should have to be affected by one guy. I'm 14 and I probably already know more than this guy." James - 9/15/05
"I am a teacher. I do not force my beliefs on students. They do know I am Christian by my actions. In fact, there are time in my teaching that we study many cultures and religions. I think I do a good job of keeping an open mind and allowing students to express their thoughts about such issues. However, I live in a rural parish of Louisiana, most of the time Christian beliefs are evident." Lori - 9/15/05
"'Under God' should not be removed from anything. Our fore fathers came here with strong beliefs but by no means forced or tried to force any 'religion' on our nation. That separation of church and state has been twisted to suit the media and self serving politicians. The idea that we may have to 'answer' or account to a higher power is not bad. Look around... have things gotten better with the constant removal of 'religious words'?" Anne - 9/15/05
"Why don't we take this argument the whole way. My best friend growing up was a Jehovah's Witness. A religion that does not celebrate any holiday or birthday, recite the pledge, vote, salute the flag etc etc.. So schools, let's cancel that Halloween party, no Christmas concerts for you, Federal employees, no Thanksgiving day off for you, hometowns, forget about that 4th of July parade, Jewish college students better be prepared to miss class on Yom Kippur because having the day off might offend Christians and Muslims who really want class that day, and veterans, no Veterans Day for you because Quakers don't believe in the wars you fought. Does this natural progression sound ridiculous? Absolutely. Why don't we just become a nation of unfeeling and uncaring robots because something we do or say might offend one other person." Kim - 9/15/05
"I believe it should be in the school. I really think that we have the right to have the under God in the pledge. It would be wrong to take that right from us. One group or another does not have that right. United we stand." Cindy - 9/15/05
"Bottom line. We need God in our life. We need to put our trust and him. There are so many different religions, but there is only one true God. I think if we did, we would learn to respect each other instead of killing one another. As a child I remember standing in class reciting the pledge of allegiance, did not fully understand it until I grew older. But my family was also guiding me spiritually with the foundation of Christ. We are missing it, look at all the tragic events that is happening in the world. God is definite. So now I am looking to hear that the dollar bill is unconstitutional, it also has what America is supposed to be about -- 'In God We Trust'." Anonymous - 9/15/05
"The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights guarantees us the Freedom OF Worship, not Freedom FROM Worship. By eliminating the phrase under God from the Pledge, the government is saying that the values of my children as practicing Christians are less important than the values of children who are atheist. All children and valuable. Why not let them have the option of what version of the pledge they would like to say? Mr. Newdow has stated that his daughter was 'hurt' by having to hear the words under God. Well, I believe that my children will be 'hurt' by having to move to a private school or be homeschooled if I don't want their first amendment rights violated." Kim - 9/15/05
"It breaks my heart to read that they are ruling out 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. This Country was founded on these principles and it is hard to believe that an attorney, two atheists and a judge with no moral conscience can change things for everyone in this entire Country. The discrimination is against the majority of those who believe in God. If these families choose for their children not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, they should not be forced to do so. But they should not have the right to take it away from the rest of us. I think it's a disgrace and an insult to God who has to be tired and disgusted with the direction this Country has taken." Cathy - 9/15/05
"Why do we allow atheists like Michael Newdow make a difference in our country where most of the population say they believe in God? Who is he? Our country is a country that believes in God, or it is one that is going to hell in a handbasket should they believe in Newdow." Betty - 9/15/05
"I think it is a terrible thing to let one man be able to have God taken out of the Pledge Of Allegiance and then on top of that to have the Pledge taken out of the schools. This is what our nation was founded on, and people that don't want to accept that should make their home in a another country. Also, what happened to free speech in this nation? If we have free speech, then we should be allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance anywhere, anytime we want. The people who don't want to hear it, need to put cotton in their ears. I really feel sorry for these people, including myself if I don't try to do something about this, when we all stand before God for His final judgment!" Wanda - 9/15/05
"'Under God' should not be removed from anything. Our fore fathers came here with strong beliefs but by no means forced or tried to force any 'religion' on our nation. That separation of church and state has been twisted to suit the media and self serving politicians. The idea that we may have to 'answer' or account to a higher power is not bad. Look around... have things gotten better with the constant removal of 'religious words'?" Ann - 9/15/05
"The words 'under God' don't reference any one religion, it's for all of the people. Unless you're an atheist, what difference do those words mean? If some people don't like the words in the pledge then don't say it, that's the freedom we enjoy in this country." Suzanne - 9/15/05
"What about planets, aren’t they names of Gods? Should we rename them or stop teaching science? I think we should keep one nation under God in the Pledge of Allegiance because it shows we have religious freedom and that non-believers should respect the right and freedom of religion." Frank - 9/15/05
"Yes! Under God should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance. Those who do not think so should leave this country." Loretta - 9/15/05
"Do not BAN the Pledge of Allegiance in any school." Anonymous - 9/15/05
"I think that there are more important things to concern ourselves with. All this is doing is adding more ugliness to the world. If we keep going the way we are, God is the only one who is going to be able to save us. I understand what Mr. Newdow is saying, but he needs to look at the other side of the coin. What makes Mr.Newdow think he is right? I take offense that Mr.Newdow feels that he can make a decision for everyone. He is giving the impression that he thinks he is God!" Anonymous - 9/15/05
"Thank 'God' we live in a Country where we can make choices. I choose to say 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance. Obviously, a FEW do not. Why should those who do NOT wish to say 'Under God' inflict THEIR choice on me? A simple solution is for those who do not wish to say 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance to skip over that part and leave it out as THEIR choice... but DO NOT allow them to force their decision on me as I do not force my choice on them. God bless!" Anonymous - 9/14/05
"About this whole pledge of allegiance "under god" thing, its sick. Who would pass that bill. What would our Founding Fathers say, after they helped defend this country from our enemies? I bet they're turning in their graves!" James - 9/14/05
"The words 'under god' should stay in the pledge." Anonymous - 9/14/05
"It makes me furious that some liberal state is trying to make its stand on differences and defying God. God is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. People are losing sight of this. Revelation 22:12 - 'And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.'" Jake - 9/14/05
"I cannot believe the few people that fight against this part of what our country stands for could possibly affect everyone else. This nation was founded under god bearing principles and also freedom of speech. If they don't feel to say 'under god' than it should not affect the masses." Kristopher - 9/14/05
"Keep the pledge as it is." Anonymous - 9/14/05
"What difference does it make? In a free country everyone should be able to say 'under God', or 'under my mom', or 'under the sun' for that matter during the P of A. We should all have the freedom of speech to say whatever we feel is important to us for that part of the pledge. Why doesn't each side find this simple win-win solution to the controversy for everyone instead of making it so that a lot of someone's have to lose? With each new law or restriction, comes one less freedom for someone and/or everyone else. Please somebody stop the insanity! Thank you. " Roxanne - 9/14/05
"I think the problem is that schools and everyone alike is trying to take God out of everything shame on everyone that is trying to take God out that's what is wrong with are schools. I am afraid that if this happens I am going to leave this country because I am ashamed of this country if this happens this is a sad day!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Rita - 9/14/05
"Those words 'Under God' were the foundation of our Nation and can NOT be taken away. For few that do not believe there is a majority that DO BELIEVE. Democracy is what the majority wants, NOT just few." Maria - 9/14/05
"Why, is it we should deny the fact that it is in God we trust? He is the Provider of our country. Take God out of schools in prayer, now out of the pledge of alligiance? We should be ashamed of ourselves!" Lauree (Mother of 2 adult children) - 9/14/05
"In Longmont to my understanding they say it in school every morning! And if you would like to stand and say it you can, but if you don't want to for whatever reason they don't make you stand and say it! I don't think that 'UNDER GOD' is religious in this matter, it's not like you just say 'UNDER GOD' and it's not talking about God it's just like an OATH, like when you go to court and you get on the stand you SWEAR ON A BIBLE! Are we going to take that out next! I think that world should just leave it alone! THE KIDS ARE NOT COMPLAINING. THEY'RE NOT BOTHERED. LEAVE IT IN THE SCHOOLS!!!" Sybil - 9/14/05
"It amazes me that we, as a nation, always choose the most complex way to solve a problem, the courts. Concerning the pledge of allegiance, let each person decide whether to say the words "under God" or not when reciting the pledge. It's just that simple." Nancy - 9/14/05
"This makes me so angry! There should be a vote not just one person who doesn't believe in God. How can Pres. Bush declare a Day of Prayer on Friday and not allow the 10 commandments or under God or Bible reading in our schools? God help this person and the judges that agree with him. Amen" Doris - 9/14/05
"I am a Christian and I think it is a grave mistake to remove the phrase 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance. This country was founded on a firm belief in God by our forefathers. They welcomed with opened arms, all classes of people to come and live among us and share in the bountiful provisions enjoyed by this country. Taking God out of everything simply tears down the foundational basis on which we stand. God created all of us and our foundation upon Him should never be compromised. I guess the next thing would be to take the Bible out of the courtroom and ask people to raise their hand and swear to whatever God they serve that they are going to tell the truth. Either you believe in God or you don't. I choose to believe and I feel very strongly that it is a big mistake to remove 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance. " Anonymous - 9/14/05
"Yes to include 'under God'" Larry - 9/14/05
"This country was founded by Christians. 'In God we trust', 'one nation under GOD' etc. Who do these people think they are taking that away from us AMERICANS!!! If you don't like the way our country is and our values, PLEASE GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM! My children need to love this country for all it is and all it was and how it was founded not by the way one #@$# thinks it should be." Kim - 9/14/05
"We all need to realize that we are 'nothing' without God! So if you keep him out of everything we do, we are doomed! No way around it! He is the creator of all....even those of you who don't believe in him. One day you WILL wish you did believe in him. If you are ashamed of him, he will be ashamed of you in front of his father. Think about that!" Lori - 9/14/05
"Can you help me find an e-mail address for this moron judge who is completely out of his mind? U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton - WE WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS IN AMERICA!!" Mike - 9/14/05
"I do not have a problem with the phrase under god. Justice for all should be taken out, especially after Katrina and the justice those poor people got." Mae - 9/14/05
"They've already taken prayer and the ten commandments out of school and look what has happened to our youth. God help us when we begin to deny we are one nation under God, I shudder to think what will happen to our nation if this takes place. We will all pay the price." Sherry - 9/14/05
"I feel that those that think that God should be taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance, should have to work on Christmas, Easter weekend, and take away all the benefits of church as far as the IRS is concerned. Let the American citizens vote to see if they would like to get rid of our holidays, and how many really do not believe in a superior being. Let the Justices know that they represent the whole, and should consider all when deciding on this. We are all a minority in some way or another, but by keeping with any faith, we are all one. Don't let the misery of a few rule." Virginia - 9/14/05