Hello and thank you for accepting the debate? One issue I found while scrolling the website is whether the under God section should be removed, so I have set up a formalized debate to adress this issue. First off, we need a little bit of history. In 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower added this section to the pledge of Allegence, and for a controvercial reason. This was during the opening of the Cold War, where the Soviets were atheist and we hadn't really chosen yet. The Soviets can be proven atheist as described by Karl Marx, in that in a communist society, there is no room for religion in the government style. This section was actually added to distinguish us from the Soviets, in that we believed that such a God exists. If you think about it logically, America is a mostly Christian country, while there are groups here and there that say otherwise, the major 70 percent of Americans are Christian, according to http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/
. This reputable national study also shows that while 22% of Americans are unaffiliated, only 3% are Athiest. Therefore, in order to keep with the majority of Americans, this was added to the pladge, in order to safeguard a country with a God. Now, one might argue that "It doesn't correlate to the other religions and goes against the first amendment, which states freedom of religion." To this, I would say that you are absolutely correct, but it does NOT go against the first amendment. In fact, a Supreme Court case in 1943 that still holds today, the court ruled that "no person can be required to recite the pledge." (https://www.britannica.com/event/Pledge-of-Allegiance-to-the-Flag-of-the-United-States-of-America
) From this case, although the pledge will have many dissenters, the pledge is (a) constitutional, and (b) still relevant.
Thank you for your time, and I await the cross-examination by my opponent.