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Should we have "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Show more Show less

In a nation built on freedom, debate has surrounded the phrase "under God" in The Pledge of Allegiance for decades. Does the phrase alienate all those who are not of Christian faith? Or is it simply the continuance of a long-standing tradition?

We should have "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Show more Show less

Allowing the phrase to stay in the Pledge of Allegiance is more of a superficial choice rather than an attack on religious freedom.
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It violates religious freedom to remove 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance

Removing the phrase would discriminate against Christians.
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Context

In the Bill of Rights (adopted in 1791), the First Amendment grants freedom of religion.[1]

The Argument

If the phrase "under God" was to be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, then that would result in a violation of religious freedom. Since the the addition of "under God" was in reference to Christianity, removing the phrase would be discrimination against Christians, thus a violation to the First Amendment.

Counter arguments

The phrase "under God" shouldn't have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance in the first place. It favors Christianity over other religions.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The First Amendment ensures freedom of religion. [P2] The phrase "under God" is a referral to Christianity. [P3] Removing the phrase would discriminate against Christianity. [P4] Discriminating against a religion violates the First Amendment.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Allowing the phrase to stay discriminates against other religions.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

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