The Pledge of Allegiance in the Public School System
The Pledge of Allegiance has become a major issue for students, teachers, parents and lawmakers. The original intention of the pledge was not to stir up trouble, but for a celebration of Christopher Columbus discovery of the new world. The pledge is no longer thought of as a celebration, but an infringement on children's religious beliefs. Do you believe that children's rights are being infringed on? Some people believe that the pledge is a great honor for our country. It has shown, and provided us with great pride just like our American flag. The Pledge of Allegiance being recited in the public school system does not infringe on the students religious beliefs, but is a way for us to honor our country and everything that we have done to get to this point in history.
In 1892 the Pledge of Allegiance was created by two men Francis Bellamy and James Upham. The intention of the pledge is for it to be used in the 400th anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus discovery of the new world. The words appeared for the first time in a magazine issue of the "Youth's Companion", where James Upham was employed. Even though the pledge was published there was no author nor was it copyrighted. We have been led to believe that the true author is Francis Bellamy, but there is no concrete evidence of that to date. One month after the pledge was published more than 12 million school children recited the pledge for the first time across the country (Sterner, 1999-2006).
The Pledge of Allegiance has gone through many changes over the years. The original creation of the 23 words read like this, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all".
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In 1923 the phrase "my Flag" was changed to "the Flag of the United States", by adults at the National Flag Conference. They were concerned that thousands of immigrants coming to America would misinterpret the word "My Flag", so they change the wording of it. In 1924 the words were changed again to include the words "United States of America". Finally the last change came in 1954 by Dwight D. Eisenhower when the words "one Nation under God" were added. This is how we know the 31 word Pledge of Allegiance today, "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all".
The Pledge of Allegiance was not recognized until 1942 by Congress, and then "in June 1943, the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to recite it" (Streufert, 2005). With knowing the Supreme Court's ruling, how can some parents say that we are pushing religion on our children today? I believe that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in school is good for our children today. The pledge gives the students pride and joy to be in this free country, to be proud and to stand tall. Many people can remember in school putting their hand over their heart reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and looking at the Flag of the United States of America and they were honored to be "one Nation". They were not worried about the words "under God", and did not think that two words, meant "be my religion", they are words that bring our once torn country together as one.
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If the words "under God" bother so many people so much, then we should be consistent and remove the two words off of our currency, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. If we have to take the words out of the pledge then we should take the words off of our money. What is good for one is good for everyone. The words "under God" some say are unconstitutional and are pushing religion on our youth today. The Federal Appeals Court ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance is an endorsement of religion with the...
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