The First Amendment guarantees a separation of church and state. The federal government should be purely secular and all references to a supreme deity should be removed from government property. That also means removing "In God We Trust" from coinage and currency. Vowing to "tell the truth... so help you God" should also be changed in a courtroom setting. No one should be subjected to a religious affirmation from a government and that includes the mention of God in any way. Atheists don't subscribe to the existence of God, so does that mean atheists aren't welcome in America? What happened to freedom for all belief systems in this country?
Prior to 1954, the Pledge of Allegiance stated, “…one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” making no mention or religion or of god, and simply stated that we were unbreakable as one nation united by our ideals of liberty and justice. But in 1954, pressured to establish a separation between the United States and the communist threat, President Dwight D. Eisenhower asked Congress to add the words “under God,” to the pledge. When “Under God,” was added to the pledge, his daughter objected to adding this religious reference (ushistory.Org).
The First Amendment gives citizens freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and this includes the freedom from religion, meaning that citizens are free to be non-religious, or choose to not believe in god. The number of citizens who have chosen to use this freedom has risen in recent years. The percent of those who are non-religious has raised more than %5 in the last five years. This includes over 13 million Atheists (alternet.Org). With this number continuing to rise, the question lies in whether or not it is okay to force this percentage of the country to recite a pledge that goes against their religious beliefs. With America being a country that fought for its independence from suppression, and was originally settled by those seeking religious freedom, the answer is obvious that forcing citizens to pledge allegiance to a fag that is supposedly, “Under God,” in unconstitutional and goes against everything this great nation was founded on.
Many of those in favor of keeping “Under God,” in the pledge claim that the United States of America is a Christian nation, and that those who cannot accept this must either learn to deal with it or leave. This presumption is false as the United States of America was founded on a principle of the separation of church and state. Defining religious freedom was the main goal of the anti-federalists in the constitutional conventions of the post-revolutionary war era, and was placed within the constitution in the bill of rights. As well the nation constantly has reminded us that we have the religious freedom we desire through various treaties and compacts. One of the treaties to acknowledge the separation is the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Bey and Subjects of Tripoli of Barbary. In Article 11 of this treaty, it reads:
"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion... "
This clearly states that the United States is, in no way, shape, or form, a Christian Nation, therefore the assumption that all those who do not wish to participate in Christian or religious ideals such as reciting a pledge to a flag, “Under God” is not in line with what this country’s religious purpose has been