Why should all students have to say, "one nation under God?" The first Amendment is supposed to us free speech and prevent the government from establishing a religion. This pledge seems to be a contradiction.
I don't agree that students should be required/forced to stand and say the pledge of allegiance. I do believe students should be taught to have respect for the pledge of allegiance, know the meaning and history of it. Students can be asked to stand because that's a way to show respect but if it is not the student's will to say the pledge, then he/she shouldn't feel under any obligation.
I am a high school student and some times I feel like I am being forced to say it. I always stand respectfully but I never say it and therefore I am regarded by some students as being DISRESPECTFUL, and un-American.
And that's when I ask myself if America is all about freedom and tolerance, liberty and justice for all? Why am I being judged ? As an un-American( un-American because I was born outside the USA) I refuse to stand for a country that still discriminates religion and race. I believe that we should be able to do what we want, we shouldn't be forced to do something we don't believe in. I strongly believe they should separate the church from the state. Leave "one nation under god," out of the pledge and back to the original pledge.
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