My American Freedom

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"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" (Mauro, sec. 1). This was the original pledge of allegiance to the United States of America given on October 12th, 1892, celebrating the four hundred year memory of Columbus’s journey (Mauro, sec. 1). This pledge is now a part of all school systems, recited at many sporting events, and posted in various places all over the United States of America. Since that time, the pledge now reads, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all” (Mauro, sec. 1). This pledge is a representation of the freedom we now have in America. By looking how America began, the nature of America now as a Democracy, as well as the origin and nature of free enterprise, we will see how Democracy has given us more freedom than other governments and the potential threats to these freedoms. According to Thomas E. Brewton’s article of Theocracy: the Origin of American Democracy, “Theocracy is a broad term encompassing many different degrees of religious influence in civil government” (2006, sec. 1). Marriam-Webter’s definition of theology reads, “Theocracy is government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided” (Unknown, sec. 1). Sounds like from the beginning, our government has had religious influence involvement in establishing a government! However, as time went on, the separation of church and state limited the projection of religion onto people. Now people are arguing that the phrase, under God, should be taken out of the pledge and completely out... ... middle of paper ... ...New York: Free Press, 1992. Dahl., R. (2011, February 23). The Citizens: The Nature and Quality of American Democracy. The Citizens. Retrieved July 2, 2011, from http://thecitizens.blogspot.com/2011/02/nature-and-quality-of-american.html Mauro, T. (n.d.). The U.S. Pledge. Teaching About Religion In Public Schools: Worldview Education. Retrieved July 2, 2011, from http://www.teachingaboutreligion.org/WhatsNew/ThePledge.htm Unknown. (n.d.). Theocracy - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online. Retrieved July 2, 2011, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theocracy Unknown. (2011).What Is A Free Market System?. (n.d.). Essortment Articles: Free Online Articles on Health, Science, Education & More.... Retrieved July 2, 2011, from http://www.essortment.com/market-system-24134.html
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