Callers, John and Josh discuss the Pledge of Allegiance - the history, if it should be required in public schools, and more.
The Nebraska Board of Education voted last week to require the Pledge of Allegiance in all public schools. The ruling says schools must comply in order to keep their state accreditation and funding. The Pledge of Allegiance is already recited in the vast majority of schools across the U.S., including in Nebraska. The ruling says students and teachers will be allowed to opt out of the daily recitations, but must respect others' during the pledge.
The author of the original Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy, was a prominent member of the Christian Socialist movement. His version did not include "God" or the "United States of America" in it. It was later changed, multiple times, to include those words/phrases. It wasn't until President Eisenhower urged Congress in 1954 to include "God" that it became a point of religious debate. Before then, the debate usually focused on The Pledge of Allegiance being a type of indoctrination or, at the least, a feature of totalitarian governments. Regardless of the basis of debate, the Pledge of Allegiance has been, and will be, the center for some debate for years to come.
Is the requirement good or bad? Are you indifferent? What's your take?
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