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Should the words "under God" be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?

Considering the controversies over the existence of God, do you think the words " under God" should be removed from the US Pledge of Allegiance? Do you think that the belief in God has helped to influenced society and should therefore be included in the pledge? Also, many claim that the U.S is a country built on the foundations of Christianity, so therefore the terms " under God" is appropiate enough to be included in the Pledge whilst opponents argue that laws, state and religion are separate concepts that should not be merged together in society. What is your opinion on this matter?

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Considering the controversies over the existence of God, do you think the words " under God" should be removed from the US Pledge of Allegiance?

Even if there were no controversy, because it is a government pledge (meaning public) it should be removed, lest it give the false impression that the nation really is founded under god.

Do you think that the belief in God has helped to influenced society and should therefore be included in the pledge?

It doesn't matter even if it did for the above reasons. We were not founded on god, but democracy, division of powers, the bill of rights and secularism.

Also, many claim that the U.S is a country built on the foundations of Christianity, so therefore the terms " under God" is appropiate enough to be included in the Pledge whilst opponents argue that laws, state and religion are separate concepts that should not be merged together in society. What is your opinion on this matter?

Those who argue such things do so from misinformation which is reinforced by relatively recent legislation which placed god on our money, in our pledge, and as a motto.

In other words, it is historical revisionism which amounts to an argument that god should be in the pledge because we put him there. I should like to see how, in our modern climate where many fundamentalists are hostile towards Islam, they would react if "under Allah" was in the pledge instead. Right now many Christians operate under the assumption that there is a god, any god, and so they cannot conceive how the phrase "under god" can be disagreeable least of all from a legal standpoint.

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I don't see what all the hubbub is about. I'm not particularly religious, but it doesn't kill me to say it. It doesn't infringe on life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.

Side: No!