When I went to school each class would stand every morning, place our hands over our hearts, and recite the pledge of allegiance. Increasing our patriotism, as we would renew our pledge to honor and respect our country each morning. Often I recited it without really thinking about the words. But there would be moments even as a child when I would be struck by a certain phrase like, “liberty and justice for all” or “one nation under God.” I would be reminded of what a great country we live in. As an adult my patriotic soul is stirred every time I recite the Pledge of Allegiance and I am grateful for this great nation that we live in. I want my children to be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and be reminded that God did help establish this nation. And most people still honor and believe in Him.
Yet there are some that would like to see the pledge of allegiance changed because they find the phrase “one nation under God” offensive. They do not want children reciting this line in schools. Saying that it does not uphold the separation of church and state. A California court actually ruled that this was true. Saying that the Pledge of Allegiance should be altered because of the beliefs of the few. But what about the beliefs of the majority, don’t they deserve to have their beliefs upheld?
Apparently the House of Representatives agreed. They recently sided with most parents who do believe in God and actually encourage the use of His name in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance should not be altered but remain the same as it has for years.
Concerning the ruling congressman Zach Wamp said, “We should not and cannot rewrite history to ignore our spiritual heritage. It surrounds us. It cries our for our country to honor God.”
No one can deny, at least not if they really read history, that our forefathers believed in and relied on God when they established the United States of America. Even those that don’t believe in God should respect our forefathers enough to recite the Pledge of Allegiance without complaining about it. Luckily the Pledge will be preserved and my children will be able to feel that same stir of patriotism that I did as a child.