I was just reading some articles about the history of the pledge. In 1943 the Supreme Court ruled that school children could not be forced to say the pledge. I wonder why that wasn't upheld
That was even before the words "under God" were added.
I also read that when the words "under God" were added it was to make the pledge not only a patriotic oath but a public prayer.
That is all very interesting to me. I did not realize there had been so much controversy surround the pledge in the past. Here's a site with a brief history of changes: http://history.vineyard.net/pledge.htm
Having read this, I can see the problem this poses for some people who do not believe in God. All though, I don't really agree with it being declared unconstitutional. I think that maybe those people could just leave those words out. It could be optional.
I also still feel that children should say the pledge in school. I think that is still is one way to teach them respect. Just like people should hold their hands over their heart during the national anthem and remove their hats.