Essay On Pledge Of Allegiance

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Theodore Roosevelt once said, “We have no 50-50 allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.” Roosevelt was saying you are giving your whole heart and energy to your country, or you’re giving nothing at all. To be a true American you should show your support for your country, no matter who you are. Americans should show support for their country through actions such as standing for the pledge.
The pledge of allegiance is an oath that proclaims loyalty to the United States. It should be recited while standing at attention with the right hand over the heart. The military must salute. “The recitation could not be required of any individual, however, to be recommended or mandatory in a majority of the states and is a daily fixture in most American classrooms.” (Baer).
A major issue that has come up in our world today is Americans have stopped standing for the pledge due to their own personal reasons. This issue isn’t only happening at ballgames, but it’s
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A major reason consists of atheists religious beliefs and their desire to have the words “Under God” stricken from the pledge. “The fiery California atheist who last week lost his bid at the U.S. Supreme Court to get “Under God” stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance vows to continue the fight with new plaintiffs, preferably in cases against school district all over the country” (Hendrie). One way schools have been trying to deal with the issue is to shorten the pledge or drop it completely. “Reciting the pledge, or listening to others recite it, is a patriotic exercise, not a religious one” (Hendrie).
The pledge isn’t recited to worship a God, or any God for that matter. The pledge is recited to stand for freedom. Reciting the pledge in schools gives students a feeling of patriotism. The pledge isn’t based off of God, or religion, it’s a patriotic exercise. BUILD
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