With students headed back to the classroom all over Northern
California, they likely start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance or some
other “appropriate patriotic exercises” — a tradition that goes back
In California, as is the case with many states, classrooms in public schools are required to offer the pledge or a patriotic exercise like singing the National Anthem daily, but students are not required to actually stand up and recite it. Most do, of course, but some students object to the phrase "Under God" and refuse to take part in the daily routine.
The issue has surfaced nationally. Earlier this year, a state lawmaker in Arizona introduced a bill to require students to recite the pledge. Other states, including Oregon and Nebraska, have had discussions on whether to require the pledge to be recited in schools.
For three decades, the pledge didn’t have the phrase “Under God.” But in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed for Congress to add the phrase to combat communist threats, leaving Americans with the 31-words we have today:
"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."
We asked the question on Facebook and got some interesting answers.
Jeyna Hurst wrote, “It should be offered to those who want to participate. As opposed to taking it from everyone to please a few!”
Debi Daisy Walsh didn’t see it that way. She wrote, “ it gets old -and don't take that wrong way - think abut this when we were kids everyday of school we had to say it until jr high.............”
You can see all the responses on the Citrus Heights Facebook page.
What do you think? Should the Pledge be required? Should we drop “under God”? Tell us in comments.