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Michael Young

The Issues Surrounding the Pledge of Allegiance

By: Michael Young
College Now Course - BSS 1

Last week in California it was ruled that saying the Pledge of Allegiance in classrooms is considered to be unconstitutional. This decision, according to the article, "could put the decisive issue on track for another round of Supreme Court arguments." Although I do understand why an atheist wouldn't want to be forced to recite the phrase, "under God", I still believe the pledge shouldn't be banned from schools.

The Pledge of Allegiance had been around for ages and reciting it has been a public school tradition for many years. I believe that if an individual chooses to opt out of saying the Pledge of Allegiance, he or she has the right to do so. If saying the term "under God" is contrary to one's beliefs, then it is not necessary that he or she say it.

On the other hand, if the Pledge of Allegiance were to be revoked from the public school system, it would cause just as much controversy. A number of traditionalists would feel as if our national unity were sacrificed in favor of a select number of atheists who feel they cannot recite the Pledge. There would also be a significant number of religious people who consider the pledge to be a moment of prayer and reflection.

I believe that the Pledge of Allegiance should remain in the school system to maintain the tradition and prevent any controversy, but each person should be able to decide whether or not he or she wishes to recite the Pledge.