Every morning students across America dutifully recite the Pledge of Allegiance as a part of their average school day. However, some view this as an infringement of their rights as guaranteed by the First Amendment. They believe that the inclusion of the phrase "under God" diminishes their ability to choose for themselves or their children in religious maters. However, the vast majority of Americans, 91% according to a 2004 Gallup poll, support keeping "under God" in the Pledge. The establishment clause states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," but there is no law forcing people to recite the Pledge and parents could legally intervene and prevent their children from participating in teacher-led recitations. Also, there is technically no reference to any one specific god, effectively encapsulating the beliefs of many Americans and the deities they worship under their respective religions, letting the American people have the free exercise of religion guaranteed to them in the First Amendment.
Another main point facing the opposition is the lack of sufficient legal grounds for the removal of the words "under God" as evidenced when a 2004 case over the constitutionality of this issue was dismissed. Although, the court was acting under pressure from leaders of both parties in Congress as well as the Bush administration, showing the strength of such a large majority in a Representative Democracy. This, combined with the fact that America has always been intertwined with religion- clearly displayed by the statement "in God we trust" on our coins and references to the "Creator" in the Declaration of Independence- will insure that the Pledge of Allegiance remains as it is, including those two controversial words.