WA #3 - Roberts, Daniel Political Science 150 2/26/2008 To...

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Roberts, Daniel Political Science 150 2/26/2008 To Pledge or Not to Pledge The pledge of the allegiance was created on September 8 th 1892 by a Boston- based youth magazine to unify and coordinate a ceremonial pledge of respect to The United States. Originally twenty three words, the pledge has under gone 3 major changes into what is now a thirty-one profession of loyalty and devotion. Most recently in 2003 the pledge gained the attention of the supreme court in the case of Elk Grove V Newdow. In this case the pledge came under scrutiny when Newdow challenged the inclusion of the words ‘under God in the Pledge of Allegiance.’ Although the Supreme Court did not hear the case because it was decided that Newdow did not have legal standing to sue, a future case could be on the way. In my opinion the inclusion of the words ‘Under God’ should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance; however citizens and students not of faith should not be required to recite the pledge. The Pledge of Allegiance was not officially recognized until June 22, 1942. The recognition was brought on by years of daily reciting by school children, as well as the heighten patriotism during World War 2. The first official Pledge reads, I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course UNIV 110 taught by Professor Sarahsentilles during the Spring '08 term at CSU Channel Islands.

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WA #3 - Roberts, Daniel Political Science 150 2/26/2008 To...

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