In 1954 President Eisenhower and Congress added the phrase "under God” into the Pledge.
Proponents of including "under God" in the Pledge argue that the United States is a Christian nation, at least 80% of Americans support the phrase, the language reflects America’s civic culture and is not a religious statement, and federal law, state constitutions, and US currency already contain references to God.
Opponents contend that church and state should be kept strictly separate as the Founding Fathers intended. They argue that the Constitution protects minority rights against majority will, and that the words "under God" in the Pledge are a religious phrase and thus violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
I don't feel that a debate about it is worth having. What do you think?
Under God is part of the Pledge of Allegiance. We should never rewrite it. It should not be mandatory in schools that don't all follow a common faith. If you wish to write a similar pledge to our country that doesn't offend anybody then I wish you luck. Every 3rd word you think you like will get somebody upset... Sorry, this is our common freedom
The pledge didn't have it before Eisenhower, who added it in1950's as a result of a campaign by several church leaders. It had a LOT of support from the general population; it's not religious, merely an acknowledgment of civil faith. Without definition of God, or a particular faith to apply, it's fairly harmless unless you are a militant atheist. Militant atheists wish to forbid any mention of God in the public square; they rarely gather more than 20% of support for their ideas, so often take them to courts and seek judicial activism to change culture into their brand of "American culture." In this, they have been remarkably effective due to the promotion of liberal activist judges.
Wasn't in the pledge until 1954. The Pilgrims came here to escape from religious persecution and the constitution states that congress can not establish a religion for the country. What were they thinking? But being under God is far from being of one faith. Thus far atheists have not challenged the pledge so I guess we are safe from the liberal activist judges and the far right conservative religious zealots.
Absolutely not. For many people like me, they do not even believe in 'God'. It is against the Separation of Church and State, in my opinion. I know that this is a very touchy subject and I am sorry if I offended anyone. In response to MissMostly, people can't just not SAY it, it is part of the Pledge of Allegiance. It would be very insulting for many people if they only said part of a hymn, would it not? Also, it was not even IN the original pledge, so if they, who were much more religious, did not find it necessary, why should people now?
For what reason? The belief in God has a great deal to do with the founding of this country. Our national motto is "In God We Trust". Even our own so-called "president" didn't know that. He thought it was e pluribus unum like a whole lot of other fools. Some president!