One Nation under God Essay

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One of my few clear memories as a child in school unfortunately is not of history, math or reading class. I can though, clearly remember standing in Mrs. Collins' classroom just after morning announcements, reciting The Pledge of Allegiance. Never really dissecting the words to it, I only knew that it was a matter of pride in our country that we recited the pledge. Today still, children across the country every morning recite the pledge, I hope with the same pride. Three years ago in California, a father voiced that it was unlawful for his daughter to recite the pledge with the words, "under God." It seemed like a menial disagreement between a father and a school, but soon turned into one
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The pledge has been changed many times since its creation by Francis Bellamy in 1892. It was altered shortly after its creation because the words "my flag" gave the impression that immigrants might be pledging to their home country, so the words "to the flag of the United States of America" were inserted. The words "under God" were inserted during the 1950s and also around the same time "In God we trust" was put on all paper currency.

Many Americans spoke out against the decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals. Pat Robertson, Orrin Hatch, Joseph Lieberman, former President George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and the list goes on and on of popular lawmakers and citizens that were outraged by this. There are countless web sites and petitions that were released to counter attack against this decision by the courts. There is even a website named "" which has numerous resources to spread the word and fight to keep the pledge out of the courts. The controversy of losing the word "God" in the pledge is probably not what troubles conservatives and the religious right in America. They know (as do I) that if this case were to be won by Mr. Newdow everything else is game,

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