The Pledge Of The United States Of America

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“I felt so uncomfortable sitting out the Pledge in one high school class that I opted to drop that subject entirely. The scrutiny from classmates, even more so from the teacher, was more than I was willing to bear. I stood up for my principles by sitting down, but I was an insecure conformity-craving teen just like everyone around me. To opt out of the Pledge without giving myself hives, I opted out of biology. And to think I could have been a doctor” (Pellot 16) The Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America is a form of speech to show devotion the United States of America, symbolized by the U.S. flag consisting of 13 horizontal lines, alternating with the colors red and white, and 50 white stars on the upper left corner with a blue background. The pledge was written in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America. It wasn’t until 1954 that the term “under God’ was a part of the pledge. Despite the fact that the Pledge of Allegiance demonstrates devotion to the nation, forcing students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance causes controversy due to the mention of God, violating the first amendment which allows U.S. citizens to have the freedom of speech and religion, and how numerous of young children do not understand the meaning of the pledge.

Forcing students to say religious phrase “under God” violates U.S. citizens’ first Amendment rights of freedom of religion. “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of…

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