To the Editor:

May 042004

The First Amendment is one of our Constitution’s most

significant promises of freedom. With it, we are granted a free

voice, as well as a free mind. It is a right that American’s should

never forfeit. It is no wonder then, that so many people have been

outraged about our Pledge of Allegiance.

Many feel that the current pledge of allegiance violates the “no

establishment of religion” clause, which is clearly stated in the

Bill of Rights. What these groups have failed to understand,

however, is why our pledge mentions God. Our founding fathers

earnestly believed that government was not the highest power over


Rather, they believed that all human beings were born with

greater rights than any government could provide. These rights,

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness…are endowed by (our)

Creator”(Declaration of Independence). The framework of our

constitution was built upon the sincere belief that even our

government had someone to answer to. In 1954, congress reaffirmed

this belief when they added “God” to our Pledge of Allegiance. This

move was made in order to distinguish our nation’s foundation and

reliance on God over communist Russia’s atheistic foundation.

The freedom we Americans are so thankful of exists for,

primarily, one reason. The founding fathers knew that mankind is

corruptible; God is not. By holding fast to this belief, we are

ensured the accountability of our leaders and the fulfilled promise

of freedom.

Matt Hunzinger

Freshman, construction management

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