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i-am-music08
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J5shredz41
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The Pledge of Allegiance is not and should never be unconstitutional

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/4/2010 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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i-am-music08

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The Pledge of Allegiance has recently been misinterpreted as unconstitutional. It has been mistakenly deemed as inappropriate in a public school environment. In truth, the Pledge is important to the history of our country. It serves as a memorial for all of the men and women who dedicated their lives to make the existence of this country possible. The purpose of the Pledge is to remind us of that history and also to reinstate briefly and daily what our rights as United States citizens are. The Pledge is also important because it stands beside the constitution and teaches children respect for their country at an early age. It also addresses the fact that the founding fathers believed in a supreme being, as do many Americans today. The mentioning of the word "God" was not stated to formulate turmoil against the other religions that exist in the United States. Rather, it is mentioned to show reverence and respect for what our founding fathers believed in.
J5shredz41

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Although the Pledge may be a great way to show our respect as citizens for our country, until the word's "under God" are taken out of it, it should not be recited in public schools.
It has not only been recently that the Pledge of Allegiance has been misinterpreted as unconstitutional. On several occasions, controversy over the Pledge has reached the Supreme Court, and many times the Pledge has been revised to meet the changing times. In fact, the words "under God" were not even added until 1954, while the Pledge itself was written in 1892. Instead of being added to respect what the Founding Fathers believed in, "under God" could have been added because most of America at the time was Christian. If they could add these words when Christianity was at a peak in the U.S., why can they not take them out when Christianity has been plummeting for several years now. According to the American Religious Identification Survey, from 1990 to 2008 Christianity has declined ten percent. Just think of how much it has declined since 1954.
If one of the purposes of the pledge, as stated by my opponent, is to reinstate briefly and daily what our rights as United States citizens are, I think it has done just that. It has reminded us of the first amendment; 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 gives us the freedom of speech, or therefore the lack of it which many people are petitioning to get in the case of the Pledge in public schools.
In this case, there is nothing to be misinterpreted. The Pledge should not be recited in Public schools until the words "under God" are taken out.

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1. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org...
2. http://www.dvorak.org...
3. http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org...
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