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The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

In its original form it read:

"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Who thinks that "under God" should be taken back out, don't care or left as is? I personally don't care, I just don't say it.

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Comment by Chris on June 14, 2014 at 1:16am

I think it would be better to say a pledge to the Constitution.

Comment by Suzanna on June 11, 2014 at 5:46am

I agree that God and State should be kept separate, it just leaves a lot of people out, it also sounds like it's saying you are all going to be treated as equals, just as long as are Christian.

I think people would have more to say to say about it if they just slipped "under Allah" in it, even though God and Allah are one and the same as far as I can see.

Comment by Stephen Brodie on June 10, 2014 at 6:34pm

If the pledge was recited in the UK, under God would be left in, what with us having an established church, the C of E. But if we were in France the term God would be dropped, i think if i had a choice i would opt for the French way. I think the State should keep out of the God Business. 

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