Framers Controversy

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The pledge of allegiance has become a daily ritual in almost every school in the United States since its creation in 1892. Since then, it has also gone through many changes, including the addition of the words “under god” in 1954. After the Cold War and Communist Scare were over, “under god” has been stuck in a cloud of controversy. The Framers believed in a god, but they also wanted to separate church and state. Under god may mean our nation is under god, but it could also just be a couple words pertaining to god, as there are in many federal documents. The words “under god” should not be in the pledge of allegiance, because the Framers wanted church and state to be two separate institutions, and those two words show a bias against nonreligious or polytheist people. The Framers of our Constitution…show more content…
A nonreligious or polytheistic immigrant to the country would not relish the fact that their children recite or listen to the words “under god” every single day. This is because “under god” implies that there is a single god who presides over America. To a nonreligious or polytheistic person, it is apparent that this nation has an unmistakable bias against them. Such thought was made apparent when atheist Michael A. Newdow, an attorney in Sacramento, California, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter against the inclusion of the words “under god” in public schools' recital of the United States Pledge of Allegiance. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals subsequently ruled that the phrase constitutes an endorsement of religion, and therefore violates the establishment clause of the Constitution. In addition, the largest private opinion polls have about 15 percent of the population not subscribing to any monotheistic conception of God. In the pledge, this official reference to god may well strike nonbelievers as an act of exclusion and disqualification in the United States of
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