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Remember the Pledge?

September 11, 2016

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and the the Republic , for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The pledge of allegiance is no longer a part of the morning ritual in schools because of two words: pledge_of_allegiance_1“under God.” Atheists petitioned the Supreme Court to ban the pledge from schools, supposedly keeping with separation of church state, and they won. I was surprised when the pledge was banned, and even more surprised there has been no compromise in bringing it back. Why not take out those two words? After all, they were not even a part of the pledge until 1954, and the original pledge was written in 1892. The pledge has a nice flow with and without those two words, “under God.”

The pledge of allegiance taught children patriotism, loyalty, and honor. I enjoyed reciting it on those mornings that I actually attended school. It made me proud, and I think that more patriotism, loyalty, and honor would be good in these days of “home grown terror.”

I still remember the pledge of allegiance after learning it more than 20 years ago. I’ve made some serious mistakes in my lifetime, but the pledge of allegiance still means a lot to me—now more than ever. People deserve to live free and unbothered.

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