Lawmakers: Remove comma from ‘one nation, under God’

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawmakers are discussing a resolution regarding the Pledge of Allegiance.

The words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance nearly 60 years ago. To highlight the significant day, Sen. Aaron Osmond is proposing a resolution. On Thursday lawmakers debated that resolution, which focuses on how the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited.

Sen. John Valentine talked about removing the commas in an effort to get a deeper meaning of the words. For example, Valentine said we've been taught to recite the pledge with commas-- we pause when we recite "One nation under God." He said those two separate statements should be one statement.

Nationally, all but two states are doing similar resolutions.

Utah Senate leaders passed it unanimously. Next week, senators will give it one final look. If approved, house members will have the opportunity to debate it.


  • Denise

    hmm because taking God out of schools made it better? Leave God where He is and every thing else will fall into place.

  • Edman (@EdmanInAZ)

    What nonsense. It should have been left alone 60 years ago, and it should just be left alone now. No one cares about “taking God out of school.” All we care about is taking him out of science class, because religion is not science.

  • Jenny

    taking out commas not god…..! Fantastic idea! I do believe it creates a deeper meaning! I’ve had to teach my oldest the pledge of allegiance myself. Maybe this will make the teachers also realize the importance of the pledge of allegiance!

  • GrumpyOldLady

    I learned the pledge from an older teacher, who had learned it before “under god” was added. She always forgot to say it that way. One nation, indivisible…. guess what divided us? Yeah, folks who push religion. Leave it alone.

    This type of grandstanding is merely politicians drumming up support rather than taking care of real business, the homeless, jobs, clean air hungry kids. Get back to work, you attention seeking bums. Leave religion to those who want to practice it. None of your business.

  • Cedar's Mom

    I wonder when the Utah Legislature will remove their blinders and focus on truly pertinent issues such as the wasteful spending of tax dollars. Let’s focus on clean air. The Legislature should spend eight to ten hours a day finding solutions to the Salt Lake Valley’s unhealthful air issues. Why not focus on having all vehicles annually smog tested? It just seems that the truly important issues are swept aside so that the “nit pickers” can get their 15 minutes of fame. Isn’t it also the state of Utah who often touts that they don’t want to be under federal mandates and then complains when federal funding isn’t coming to Utah as anticipated. There is such a dichotomy of thought.

    Focus on what will make a SIGNIFICANT impact on Utah’s children – clean air being one of the priorities as well as having fewer than 40% of Utah’s children being hungry!

    Regarding the commas in the Pledge – ! I’m up all night thinking about their importance – NOT! The true, heartfelt meaning of the Pledge far supersedes the commas!

    I think the Legislators do not have enough work in the Legislature and have to actually FIND inane things to discuss!

    BTW, the Pledge of Allegiance is a proper noun and should always be capitalized.

  • Bret

    Why don’t we go back a see why the under god was added and the reason it wasn’t’ in the original pledge. This nation started out with the seperation of church and state.

  • marie

    How about discussing something REALLY important, like, for example: jomelessness, hunger, medical care, unemployment for UTAH. Earn the wages the taxpayers are paying you.

  • Jasker Violas

    Question though is which God are we talking about here… but given the norms and mores of the current time, I’m wagering it’s not the Jewish one. Not to mention how such a thing could also single out Buddhists, Muslims, Deists, Unitarians, Hindus, Agnostics, etc.

    We were quite fine without the “under God” part pushed on us by the McCarthyites, and we’ll manage just fine now without it.

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