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Pledge in schools Reciting the pledge at school is something that many people have grown up with It has been part of the daily routine at many schools for years While the majority of students proudly stood with his or her right hand over his or her heart and recited the pledge there was occasionally one or two that sat or stood quietly during the process But that was ok nobody really thought much of it It was understood that while reciting the pledge was strongly encouraged it was not mandatory In 1943 the US Supreme Court had ruled that children may not be compelled to recite the Pledge Very few -if any- of the students ever gave the meaning of the words much thought it was just something that was said because they lived in America and were proud of it To take the Pledge of Allegiance out of schools now would be a terrible blow to this country and promote discord at a time we need unity On June 27 2002 the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco banned the Pledge of Allegiance in schools citing the phrase under god as unconstitutional The court said The Pledge as currently codified is an impermissible government endorsement of religion because it sends a message to unbelievers that they are outsiders not full members of the political community and an accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders favored by members of the political communityCNN PG2 It was also stated by Judge Goodwin writing for the majority that the school district is conveying a message of state endorsement of religious belief when it requires public school teachers to recite and lead the recitation of the current form of the pledge Given the age and impressionability of school children he added particularly within the confined environment of the classroom the policy is highly likely to convey an impermissible message of endorsement to
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