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Tevita Havili

English 11, B2
Rough Draft
Why should under god be in the pledge of allegiance?
It was President Eisenhower in 1954 that first decided to put the words under God in the
pledge of allegiance. Back in 1954 more than 80% of United States citizens were Christian
which is a big reason he put it in pledge of allegiance. As of today the percent went down only
by four percent and it currently stands at 76%. There was one big phrase that they went by the
language reflects Americas civic culture which meant by the way they speak or do something
they treat other the same way. Most of them try not to think of under God as a religious
statement but no matter what I dont think that they will take it off from the pledge of allegiance.
The Pledge of Allegiance is only 31 words long, and it might lose two of those words in public
schools in the state of Massachusetts. A case appeared before the state Supreme Court last week
over whether to strike the words under God from the pledge. If it was me, I would just keep it
on there. It has been on there decades now and I would never change something like that.
President Eisenhower thought that those two words would represent our country better
and would make our country closer together. Before that was in the Pledge, there were already
groups that had added under God and were saying it themselves. Eisenhower stated, "From this
day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every
village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty.... In
this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America's heritage and future;
in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our
country's most powerful resource, in peace or in war. Eisenhower thought that those words were
a big part of our country and that he wanted the little kids in every school to say the Pledge of
Allegiance with under God.
Two Courts decided that it did not violate the Constitution, one judge disagreed. He
thought that it did violate the Constitution because it is religious. The one judge who disagreed
was out voted and the courts decided it is okay to have it there.
We should keep the words under God in the Pledge of Allegiance because more than
76% of the Country still wants it there. It will keep our country strong and together and it is part
of our history. Two courts have said that it is okay to have it there and even if one judge
disagreed, he was out voted and didnt have a chance of taking the words out.
Sources:
"Pledge of Allegiance." Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance>.