Behka’s Enquiring Minds: The Pledge of Allegiance [SURVEY]
The Pledge of Allegiance is a 31-word recitation that every American knows by heart or at least they should know it.
However, there’s a two-word phrase included in the Pledge that remains as controversial now as when Congress added it 60 years ago.
Because of “under God,” some people refuse to say it.
The American Humanist Association decided to poll 1,000 adults to get their feelings about “under God,” and just over a third said they’d support removing it from the Pledge, including 90 percent of those who consider themselves atheist.
The findings differ from a 2013 poll by the evangelical LifeWay Research, which revealed that only eight percent would remove “under God” from the Pledge.
Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research, contends that most people are comfortable with the Pledge the way it is while AHA executive director Roy Speckhardt believes that the more Americans who know the Pledge was changed to include “under God.” the more they’d support restoring it back to the original 29 words.
The Pledge was written back in 1892 and did not include the "under God" phrase - that was added in 1954.
What do you think? Did you know the Founding Fathers didn't have anything to do with The Pledge? Did you know it was changed? If you didn't know that, does it change your opinion? Is this a separation of church and state issue? Do you think the Pledge should change or stay the way it is?