"Under God"

By. Trenton Honeycutt

I picked this title because I believe that the "Under God" part is one of the most important parts to the pledge. I believe in god so that is one of the reasons I think the words "Under God" are important parts of the pledge. 80% of America was composed of Christians at the time the pledge of allegiance was adopted.

Pro-First amendment

The government has something in the Constitution that states...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. - US Constitution, 1st Amendment
This is a pro because it states they shall make no laws against the practice of religion which "Under God" is a example of.

Pro-Thomas Jefferson

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should; make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; thus building a wall of separation between Church & State"- Thomas Jefferson


This is the opinion of the third President of the United States and at the time he did not see using the word "God" as promoting any reliThis is the opinion of the third President of the United States and at the time he did

Pro-Oath of Office

One person says we were founded with religion. He says the Supreme Courts oath says "so help me God". The Supreme Court convenes with a prayer "God save this honorable court". We are and still are religious people since our founding.

Con- Anti-religious

The government should not ask school children to pledge their allegiance to God. At the same time that they confirm their allegiance to the country. They have the right to say no to saying "Under God" in the pledge of allegiance. In most cases removing "Under God" out of the pledge is not anti-religious.

Con- Religion

"Under God" is specific to Christians. So to some people they do not believe it should be included. people that do not believe in god or in any religion are called atheist. some people refer to there God as Allah or Jehovah or by other names. Under God exclude those people who believe in the listed above or do not believe in a God at all.

Con- Is "Under God" violating the first amendment's Establishment clause?

The goverment CAN NOT add "Under God" to goverment forms or papers. They cant because that would interfer with atheism. Michael Newdow says that the "Under God" part put into the pledge would make it a religious practice. People who valuntarily say the pledge doesnt mean they believe in god. Nor does it mean that they believe its 'one nation under god,' direct quote from Center of Indivisable Freedom.

U.S First Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Texas Bill of Right

FREEDOM OF WORSHIP. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences. No man shall be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry against his consent. No human authority ought, in any case whatever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society or mode of worship. But it shall be the duty of the Legislature to pass such laws as may be necessary to protect equally every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship.

Summary

My issue I chose was "Under God" being in the Pledge of Allegiance. I have done a lot of research for this subject hoping that people would understand my side of the argument. The Texas Bill of Rights Article 1 Section 6 covers the freedom to worship whoever or whatever you want. I put the First Amendment to the Constitution because it also covers freedom of religion. The U.S constitution is very similar to the article 1 section 6 in the Texas Bill of Rights. I still think that "Under God" should be in the pledge but as I worked on the assignment I understood more and more of the other side of the argument and learned a lot.