Jordan Toomey12/12/17C BlockNever sit, Always stand Growing up in the public school system the Pledge of Allegiance has been engraved into the daily morning routine ever since kindergarten. So why the sudden outcry in trying to ban it from school? People will make the argument that the pledge is going against the first amendment right, freedom of religion, just because the pledge say the two words “under God”. Two words should not prevent anyone from standing up for the countries Pledge. There are many reasons to stand for the pledge; it could be to show your loyalty and commitment to the country, honoring the veterans, honoring the government, and many more reasons to stand for the pledge but only one reason not too. No matter what the reason is for standing up for the pledge and honoring the flag and the country it’s a civic duty as American citizens to stand for the Pledge. Many people stand for the Pledge not even knowing what the Pledge really stands for or why it was even created in the first place.
The creation of the Pledge dates back to 1892 and was written by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (Smith). His motive for writing this was to bring back patriotism to the country after the Civil War era and as Mark Smith stated: “provide a patriotic emblem to school children, particularly those immigrant children who might have mixed national allegiances” (Smith). Bellamy was trying to use the pledge to unit American citizens together but it seems like his vision has failed, instead of uniting over the Pledge we are now fighting over it. (Smith) The phrase “under God” does not depict a religion or a prayer instead as Neuhaus stated its “a humble acknowledgment that the United States is not supreme and will be held accountable by a higher authority”(Neuhaus). Taking out these two words will create an uprising of outrage throughout the United States. In 2010 when Michael Newdon brought forward his case against the Rio Linda Union School District about using the words “under God” in the pledge, his case was dismissed because as Becket stated the “Pledge is a statement of political philosophy” (Becketlaw).
During the time of the trial as Neuhaus stated “our national leaders marched to the Capitol steps to sing “God Bless America” and recite the Pledge of Allegiance, with voices raised to full-throated patriotic pitch at the words “under God.”(Neuhaus). This outcrying of support shows how changing two powerful words will cause a chaotic uproar in the country. After interviewing people the consensus is that you should stand for the pledge. After speaking with William Toomey a United States Veteran he feels that not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance is disrespectful to the armed forces that keep American citizens safe (Toomey). A Jewish American immigrant named Marshall Katz stated “I believe that the pledge unites us all and when I stand for it during school and only see a few other kids standing with me and the other kids just playing on their phones ignoring it, it irritates me because I feel like they’re disrespecting our country and our veterans.” (Katz). Two of the three people interviewed feel that not standing for the pledge is disrespectful to the veterans and the country as a whole.
In conclusion, people should honor the country by standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Removing the Pledge from school will lose the meaning, passion, and strength behind what the country stands for. As Neuhaus stated, “But just the way removing a well-lodged foreign body from an organism may sometimes be more damaging than letting it stay put, removing those words would cause more harm than leaving them in”. (2)Work cited Smith, Mark. “What the Pledge of Allegiance Means in Today’s America.
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