Graduation Speech : The Pledge Of Allegiance

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Children have been reciting The Pledge of Allegiance for over sixty years. It was common practice to recite The Pledge of Allegiance every morning in the classroom while standing and raising your right hand to your heart. Now, Americans are questioning the reasoning and purpose behind reciting The Pledge, especially since students are being asked to mention God each time they recite it. This paper will focus on school-aged children. Because of the lack of patriotism in Atheists and the infringement of the First Amendment’s prohibition of governmental establishment of religion, there is controversy over whether school-aged children should be required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in classrooms. The Pledge of Allegiance recited by school children across the country is not the same Pledge that was originally created; parts have been removed and replaced by other words. Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist in 1892, wrote the Pledge of Allegiance for Youth’s Companion, a national family magazine for youth published in Boston (Davis 659). Bellamy’s document, what he called the “Pledge to the Flag” read, “I pledge allegiance to my flag and the Republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” (Hatcher, 2008, p. 171). It was not until 1951 that the well known “under God” phrase of the Pledge was added by the Knights of Columbus, the world 's largest Catholic fraternal service organization, as a campaign of the organization (Davis
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