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One Nation Uh Indivisible Two words in the Pledge of Allegiance - under god - have sparked a firestorm from the schools of California to the halls of the Supreme Court which will decide next June about the legality of the phrase In a diverse country with a great variety of religious faiths running the gamut from devoted believers to atheists issues of government and religion are a touchy subject However it is clear that the phrase is unconstitutional and removing it will restore the Pledge to its original meaning The most obvious contention against the under god clause is that it violates the Constitutional separation of church and state Mandating young children in public schools to pledge their allegiance to a nation under god is an unmistakable confirmation of a governmental belief in god As the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the phrase under god is as biased and unconstitutional as would be the phrases under Zeus or under Allah Although everyone is certainly entitled to their own rights and beliefs the daily repetition of a phrase establishing a public belief in religion is both insulting to and excluding of atheists Most of those who believe in a god have no way to understand the exclusion often felt by those who do not Imagine that instead of confirming the existence of a god the Pledge specifically denied this belief If American schoolchildren repeated the phrase one nation under no god whatsoever every school day the outcry from religious people would be deafening It seems ludicrous to imagine schools publicly denying the existence of a god it is just as ludicrous for schools to publicly proclaim the existence of such a god However many people including many prominent politicians have said that to remove the phrase would be ridiculous and insulting to Americans everywhere Surely fundamentally altering such a basic piece of our American culture undermines our identity as a
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