I decided to do a survey on Facebook to see how people felt about 1) the phrase 'Under God' being removed from the Pledge, and 2) creationism being taught in schools.
Here are the two questions I asked:
1. Should 'under God' be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?
2. Should creationism be taught in public schools?
Both answers should include why or why not, not simply yes or no.
Here are some of the answers I got:
1. No, Christian principles make up our law and US Code. God is just as much a part of our laws as freedom. And, even if you aren't religious, "under God," was how the Pledge as penned. To remove those words from the Pledge of Allegiance is, at very least, an affront to our nation's history. We should not revise one of our nation's founding principles because it might offend.
2. Creationism in public schools is a state's rights issue. However, if a school is going to teach straight on evolution from the primordial oceans as fact, then that's a problem. Macro-evolution is a THEORY that was refuted within years of its presentation to academics in the time of Darwin. Adaptation and natural selection are fine for topics, but if you are going to bring up macro-evolution, then creationism should be taught beside it.
1. I think it should stay. Why mess with a good thing. But I do believe it's a persons right to not say the words while saying the pledge.
2. I find it important to separate church and state in most things, but I don't think it would be a bad idea to have an optional class in high school which teaches both sides.
1. no, I think it should stay the way the pledge of allegiance as been for so many years.
2. not a big "God" fan, but I have always said. "don`t fix something if its not broken.
3. REALLY, why spend so much time on this when there is so many things more important than this issue.
1. Yes because not everyone believes in God.
2. No because it is not proven to be fact . it is only opinion. Like everything else it's all interpretation.
As you all could see, in A, the commenter clearly is indoctrinated with tonnes of misinformation. I know for a fact that in 1892, the original pledge was posted as an article in "The Youth's Companion" in Boston. Here is how it read: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all." I don't see anything about God, or even religion in there. It wasn't until President Eisenhower in 1954 suggested that we add 'under God' into the Pledge that the phrase was included. Therefore, the Pledge was not 'penned' with the phrase. As far as Christian principles making up our laws and US Code, no. Our founding fathers wanted a secular government, and definitely wanted the separation of church and state. But none of this supports the belief of all Christians that the U.S. was founded on Christian principles, so it's simply not true. As for question number two, he goes to the 'evolution is just a theory' argument. Need I say more?
D is one of my uncles. He has the most rational answers of them all. Someone who gets it. I put these in this order because they actually gradually go from a fundie to an atheist (or agnostic). But looking at the first response, it made me think of the title 'One Nation Under Ignorance' because it seems that Christians ARE ignorant. They will only believe what supports their beliefs, and everything on the contrary is thrown to the wind. The first commenter is a great friend of mine, very intelligent and educated. But it seems that education and intelligence aren't enough for him to look at the evidence and make an educated decision. I don't know where he got the info that made him think that the Pledge originally included 'under god.' That is nowhere to be found. And nowhere in the Constitution of the United States does it even imply that this government is to be based on Christian principles. Ignorance.