Pledge Of Allegiance

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The essay “Why the Pledge of Allegiance Should Be Revised” by Gwen Wilde is a thought provoking essay. The essay begins with Wilde giving us background on the Pledge of Allegiance, from the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance to final version of the Pledge of Allegiance; that includes at least two revisions that many may not have known of and the reasons for these revisions. Wilde goes on to give her reasons why she feels that the latest revision, the inclusion of the words “under God”, should not have been added into the Pledge of Allegiance and giving examples of how adding this phrase puts many American people in a position to seem un-American or un Patriotic because they cannot speak this phrase and really believe it or mean it. Even if these people are proudly American and very Patriotic, some even risking their lives for America and its people while in the military. Wilde then clarifies that she does not believe that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional (66) and she backs up this claim by stating a phrase from the First Amendment. Wilde then compares the words found on all American money, “In God We Trust” and the phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance “under God” as phrases that “assert a religious doctrine.” (67) Wilde mentions that these phrases require American’s to possibly conform to an idea that they do not believe in. Wilde then states other’s opinions on the…show more content…
Wilde’s main point throughout her essay may be that she believes that religion should not be forced onto anyone and she feels that the Pledge of Allegiance is mixing religion and country and it is saying that you cannot be patriotic without being religious and Wilde believes that this is
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