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Keith Wilson ENG 1302/lankford Research paper The Pledge “I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” As U.S. citizens we recite these words as habit provides us the opportunity, but do we ever consider the true meaning of what we routinely pledge? As a free and democratic republic is it fair that all Americans must pronounce that they live in a country closely guarded by God, and does this statement actually provide “liberty and justice for all”? The Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because it inhibits the rights provided by the first amendment, directly connects church and state through a monotheistic belief, and limits religious freedom in society. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The first amendment is the foundation of American principles and allows the expression of thought to any common citizen. This constitutional right directly, and through strict translation, states that our government does not have the power to pass any laws supporting or prohibiting any religion. This guarantee should provide every individual to be free from religious influence through the governing body of society. However, this is not the case. Our ‘democratic’ government favors a Christian perspective over all other religious ideals, and practices this favoritism through many outlets. The most common expression of a Christian based government can be found in the words “one nation under God”.
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Keith Wilson ENG 1302/lankford Research paper If the first amendment prohibits legislation from encouraging one religion over another, then announcing that America is guarded by God is in direct violation of this restriction. The name “God” implies a Christian belief, which satisfies a large population of monotheistic beliefs in this country. Although there are other religions that believe in a single deity, they all provide different names, attributes, and beliefs in their separate god. The name itself, presented as a proper noun, implies a specific thing/person; thus supporting a specific religion. This religion is the most popular American belief, Christianity. Favoring the majority and ignoring minority rights is unjust. This is not what democracy entails, and is not what the first amendment supports. Therefore, the
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENG 1301 taught by Professor Reyes during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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