Nation: The Pledge Re-examined

Many children raised in religious families learn prayers so totally by rote that sometimes, even in middle age, they find the words still crossing their minds en bloc, a memory that bypasses understanding on the way to the tongue. So it is with certain secular incantations, including the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Some of the young are beginning to examine its wording; one phrase has troubled them. Recently, the senior class president of the Eastchester, N.Y., Senior High School, along with other students and the school's principal, organized a petition campaign to have the formula changed to read...

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