Removal of 'under God' offensive
Every Monday morning before third period, Hudson High students listen to the morning announcements. They always begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone stands, faces the flag, and recites the words, no questions asked. But apparently this is controversial in ways a lot of people never thought about.
The Pledge of Allegiance supposedly offends some people. The conflict arises once the line “under god” is reached. Some people don’t want to pledge their allegiance to a country that is under God. Normally this is because they don’t practice a faith in which a God is involved or have no religious views. Therefore, they don’t say the phrase. Many people would think this is fine, they don’t have to say it if they don’t want to. However, some who oppose the phrase are taking things to another level. They are proposing the removal of the phrase “under god” from the Pledge altogether.
Religion has always been a sensitive topic and usually sparks some form of conflict from time to time. Everyone has their different opinion on how appropriate removal of the phrase would be, and everyone has their own ideas of ways to make amends where both those who support and those who oppose can be satisfied.
When surveyed, 70 out of 70 students all said that they participate in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Out of these students 58 said they practice a religion where they have a God. 12 students said they don’t have a view including a God.
I asked those who said that their beliefs do include a God if those who don’t should have the choice whether or not to include the phrase “under God” in their recital of the pledge. They unanimously voted yes. However, when asked if they thought it was reasonable to have the phrase removed from the Pledge altogether, they unanimously voted no.
Those who didn’t have views which included a God were asked if they preferred not to say the phrase “under God” because it conflicts their beliefs. All of them said that is the reason. When asked if they supported the removal of the phrase, 10 said they do and two said no.
Based off of the results it is clear that there are opposing opinions concerning the phrase “under God” in the Pledge. However it is also clear that based off of my survey many more conflicts would spark and many more would likely be offended by the removal of the phrase.
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