"Under God" in the American Pledge of Allegiance: Is "under God" voluntary (yes) or is it coercive (no) in schools?

  • Not pushed on!!!

    I believe that kids can say what they wish. Are we not in a free country? Do we not have the choice to say what we wanna say? Non religious people don't have to say the pledge if they don't want to. However you shouldn't just take it away, because people don't want to hear it. How about they just get over it. No one is making them say it, so if they don't want to say it don't say it

  • Yes. "Under God" is voluntary

    Yes. "under God is voluntary in the Pledge of Allegiance. This statement in the Pledge is not intended to be coercive. It is just expressing the view and announcing the belief in God and how this nation was formed by the persons taking the pledge. This is a freedom of religion issue and if you don't believe in God, then you certainly don't have to say it in the pledge.

  • If the possibility of coercion exists it will be viewed as such.

    Non religious students can always make the argument that under god is coercive. The word "under" is hierarchical thus placing you under something that is above you. It is human nature to be egotistical thus just seeing the word "under" can be offensive and deemed coercive. There will always be a considerable number of students that find under coercive.

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