Sunday, March 28, 2004

More letters: The Pledge of Allegiance

Don't like 'under God?' Don't say it

The Pledge of Allegiance to our flag is wonderful to recite and a reminder of our wonderful country that we live in. The words "under God" should stay in the recitation because it is meaningful to me and other people. If some people don't want to say those words, they can omit them. The words "under God" should stay forever.

Ruth Skurow, Loveland

The Supreme Court heard arguments this week about whether the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegience violate the separation of church and state. We asked readers what they thought. Here is one view. More letters about the pledge on page F3.

The phrase "under God" should stay.

If you don't like the Pledge of Allegiance the way it is, then don't say it. You have the freedom to express your opinions about pretty much anything.

However, don't try to force your beliefs or your opinions on me. The Pledge of Allegiance is in no way, shape or form trying to convert nonbelievers into believing and following God.

Joseph P. Ohradzansky Jr., Price Hill

How can a doctor not believe in God?

I pray that the Supreme Court throws out Dr. Michael Newdow's lawsuit regarding the phrase "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance. I'm sure there must be people in our country who don't even want to pledge their allegiance to the United States of America; this is their choice. I'm offended that some person is trying to take away my privilege of saying the phrase "under God."

Madelyn Murray O'Hare was able to get prayer and Bibles out of our schools, and look what has happened since. I'm really surprised that a medical doctor doesn't believe in God. I would think he would see miracles daily.

Joanne Biedinger, Mason

Thomas More's principle at issue

I hope people in the Tristate area, in the shadow of Thomas More College, would remember that More refused to take an oath declaring that the king of England was head of the church. For refusing that oath, More was found guilty of treason and beheaded. His final words: "The king's good servant, but God's first."

Today, Thomas More College declares: "Its purpose is to provide - within each student - the quest for truth, the ability to reason and the degree of wisdom that marked the life of its namesake." Wisdom, then, is not about God alone. Rather, wisdom is about the quest for truth, the ability to reason and the refusal to accept ultimate authority from government officials.

We pledge our allegiance to work together for our mutual benefit with an important caveat: We will not assert that the country has ultimate authority. As with More, the Pledge of Allegiance is a declaration that ultimate authority lies not with government but within one's own conscience.

Mike McCarthy, Walnut Hills

Let's take a vote, and see who wins

I understand the rights of those who do not believe in religion, God or any other form of supreme being, but what about my rights to believe the opposite?

Whatever happened to the democratic way - put it on a ballot and vote on it? That way the majority of America has spoken. Through the court system, our laws are left up to the interpretation of judges on the bench.

Carol Reinhardt, Union

Freedom of millions is at stake in pledge

I disagree with the Enquirer's position stated March 25 that including the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance harms no one's freedom. It harms the freedom of every person who wants to pledge loyalty to the United States of America with his or her fellow citizens but who does not believe in monotheism.

I am an atheist. I cannot in good conscience pledge my loyalty or faithfulness to the notion that the United States is subject to the oversight of an unspecified supernatural entity. Roughly 15 percent of the population of the United States reports itself godless. Millions more believe in multiple gods. These are the people - your friends, neighbors and family - whose freedom is harmed every time the pledge is said.

Virginia H. Jergens, Hyde Park

Evil rushes in where we take God away

If we continue to allow God to be taken out of our lives, what is left for the world but the force of evil? In comes Michael Newdow, an atheist. Why do people get so uptight when the name of God is spoken, who is all-loving, but passive to the evil in our world, which is so ungodly?

May we always be one nation under God.

Marian Nusekabel, Mack

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