Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Should 'under God' be removed from the pledge? Some say yes. What do you say?
Week #1 Article 1
1. Conlon, Kevin. (2013, Sep 4). ‘Under God’ under review in Massachusetts. CNN.
2. Category of problem: children
3. Level of problem: state level
4. The article concerns: Massachusetts atheist group sets out to have the words ‘under God’ removed from the pledge of allegiance in schools.
5. Why is this important to families/individuals OR how does it affect individuals/families?
If the atheists can pull this off then there will have to be some announcement made in schools where teachers say “we don’t say this anymore children, this is how we recite the pledge of allegiance now….” That alone will lead to questions and curiosities brought up by the young not yet molded minds of the children and this is an opportunity to fill their head with what you believe and how you should treat other people’s beliefs. Parents may be forced to explain to their children that not everyone shares the same beliefs and that’s okay.
6. What are your views on the issue/policy?
When I think back about my young school days, I always remember reciting the pledge of allegiance every single day, whether I wanted to or not. It meant nothing to me as a child. Now I would like a do-over. I would like the opportunity to say the pledge again. I think that we should start saying it in college! I would love that opportunity so that I can remain seated and be one of the kids “ostracized” by my peers.