In answer to a couple of people who had responded to the March 25th Houstonian Campus Comments on “Should the words ‘under God’ be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?” I would like to present the facts about the Pledge of Allegiance.One student that had commented: “I think it would be fine if they took it out because our forefathers made sure that our government wasn’t founded on religion.” True, our country was founded on a particular religion, but it was founded on Christian-Judeo values and standards.If some don’t like to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, then don’t! We live in a country that allows freedom of speech. But don’t tell the public that they cannot say “under God” because of a few that don’t like those words in the pledge. I must point out that our forefathers were extremely religious. The reason they came over was to have religious freedom. That freedom includes the right to pledge “under God” or elect not to say those words. Separation of Church and State means the State cannot force a particular religion on its citizens. It does not prevent a religion from being an option for a citizen.Another student had commented: “I don’t think they should, because it’s not just talking about one religion.” Many religions refer to God, not just one. The only group that does not believe in God is those that claim to have no religion: the atheists. Why should we cater to the “non-religion” rather than the religions of the majority?
Letter to the Editor,