The Pledge of Allegiance being voted out of schools
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 02:09
The Pledge of Allegiance has brought up quite a bit of controversy all over America concerning the phrase “under God.” While an atheist couple has taken their argument to the Supreme Court after feeling like that have to be “God believers to be good patriots,” Salon staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams has made a case of her own over the matter.
William’s states that while most of the controversy made over the pledge has been focused on the phrase “under God,” she has been curious as to why Americans feel that it is necessary to have children saying the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom at all.
Her argument is that while a child is never forced by his or her teacher to recite the pledge with the rest of the class, that it is not fair to expect the child to be the only one not saying it. She wonders if kids even know what they are saying when they recite the pledge or if it has just become another monotonous part of the day that school teachers do out of habit. She states that as a Christian woman and a patriot, she has tried to raise her children to both practice their faith and respect their country, but that she doesn’t understand the necessity to recite a pledge directed not to our country, but to the flag.
I struggled with how to feel on this matter when I first addressed it, but after hearing William’s point of view I have discovered that I agree with her more than I expected to. I don’t believe that The Pledge of Allegiance should be taken out of schools, but I do agree that we should explain to children what they are saying when they recite the pledge so that there is no confusion as to what they are giving their allegiance to.
I also agree that schools tend to do the pledge more out of routine or obligation, rather than the desire or passion to do so.
If you are going to pledge yourself to your country, or in both my case and Williams, to your faith, then do it not out of obligation, but because you actually want to and mean what you say.