Remove "Under God" from the United States Pledge

Remove "Under God" from the United States Pledge

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Not A Theocracy started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

When the United States pledge was first written in August of 1892, it simply read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." There was no "Under God" included until 1954 when President Eisenhower urged Congress to include "Under God" in the United States pledge as a stance against what they thought was a communist, atheist society. Even "In God we Trust" on United States currency was added during the Cold War as an opposing stance to what the United States perceived as an atheist state. Eventually, on Flag Day in 1954 "Under God" was officially added to the United States pledge. In a country with the First Amendment, where we have the freedom to choose what religion we follow, we should also have the chance to distance ourselves from religion. We want to change that by changing the pledge back to its original form, eliminating a religious aspect of something that most children feel they have to say. By signing our petition, you can help move this country closer to having a clear separation of church and state.

Citations: Shaw, Russell, and Carl E. Olson. “Giving Thanks for the Separation of Church and State.” Catholic World Report, 28 June 2013, https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2013/06/28/giving-thanks-for-the-separation-of-church-and-state/

“The Pledge of Allegiance.” Ushistory.org, Independence Hall Association, https://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

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