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Letter: Everything is offensive to someone

"We are at a point that everything that is said or done is going to be offensive to someone at some point," writes Moorhead resident Karen Pitsenbarger. "Does that mean it should be changed?"

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While listening to a national news TV station discuss the Fargo School Board's decision to no longer recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of their meetings, I was disappointed even though I live across the river.

The reason stated was because the phrase "under God" was offensive.

The Pledge was written in 1892 with no reference to religion. The standard version was not recognized until 1942, and the phrase "under God" was added in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower. One of the promoters of adding the phrase argued that it should be added because it is a "defining factor of the American way of life." If we continue to pull God out of America because it offended someone, we will not be the America people flock to because they want a better life.

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"The pledge is not forcing you to conform to religion, a political party, a nationality, a race or a gender," writes Fargo resident Erik Walker. "It is giving gratitude to one of the few nations on this planet that allows you to be all of those things that you choose to be."
"Tell the district that if they do not want the pledge because of God, they should not want taxpayer money because God is included on our currency," writes Minot resident Craig Argabright.

The Supreme Court has ruled that if it is offensive, you don't have to recite it or you may recite it but omit "under God." We are at a point that everything that is said or done is going to be offensive to someone at some point. Does that mean it should be changed?

My question to all Americans, and those that have come to my country for a better life, is this: If so, have you considered that if we continue to have something changed every time it offends someone, it won't be long before America is just like the countries people left. What will be gained?


Karen Pitsenbarger is a resident of Moorhead.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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