Even with renewed chrisitan spirit in the pledge, it is not known what steps would be taken to either alter the Pledge of Allegiance, (written by a christian minister,) or ban its use all together from public schools.
Can you name the correct year when the word "God" first appeared in the Pledge of Allegiance?
The original sentence --dedicated to the flag of the United States of America-- was written by magazine assitant editor and minister Francis Bellamy. It was created for children to recite on Columbus Day that year, and printed first in The Youth's Companion magazine of Boston. This original pledge was recited by 12 million children, and the "Pledge of Allegiance," grew into a requirement for children at the start of their school day.
The Pledge of Allegiance, 1923
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Congress recognized the Pledge of Allegiance as the nation's public doctrine, and in 1942 adopted to add the words "of America." In 1943 the Supreme Court ruled that school children would not be forced to recite the pledge, and 26 states "encourage" schools to recite.
The Pledge of Allegiance, 1954
President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration amended the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God," which reaffirmed religious faith in "America's" heritage and future. Eisenhower said, adding God to the pledge -- we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's most powerful resource in peace and war.
Including God in the pledge was not questioned in 1954, at the height of the Cold War. The Knights of Columbus, religious leaders, and others wanted to distinguish the United States from what they regarded as godless communism.
If you are not yet 50-years old, and lived in the United States all of your life, you've likely only known the Pledge of Allegiance to include the word "God."
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"I'm over 50 and was proud to see God in our daily pledge. God is our creator and belongs in our Constitution, case closed."
"I did not know 'God' was added to America's Pledge of Allegiance in '54. Seems to blur the lines between religion and government by using the inference."
"The so called 'christian right' get what they want now. They want God in the government so they can use his name to carry out their own agenda. Screw the rest of us who don't believe their way."
"I am a Christian, and unlike many Christians, I do not agree with having the word 'God' in our pledge of allegiance.
I believe that a pledge to anything other than God and my spouse is idolatry which is specifically forbidden in the commandments given to Moses by God. Therefore, by that definition, it would be a sin for me to pledge my allegiance to a flag."