Two words better taken out

Opinion, 203 Views

To instill patriotism, the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited every morning, however, it should not be required of any staff or student. Furthermore, the words “under God” should be taken out in accordance with accepting all religions and beliefs.

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The Why

Every day, we're asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Taking Law & Society, I was interested in learning about the legality of this. I decided to create a timeline and make this a data-centered article to provide the reader with background information and national viewpoints regarding this subject.

The Process

  1. I researched the history of the Pledge of Allegiance and created a timeline with this research using Knight Lab's Timeline JS tool.
  2. I continued to explore my data journalism interests by constructing interactive Tableau-powered data visualizations depicting Pledge of Allegiance and religion-related data. I gathered this data from the Pew Research Center and Gallup Polls.
  3. I made sure to address counter-claims that can be made against my arguments, along with rebuttals to those counter-claims to instill ethos and garner credibility.

Click here to view the spreadsheet constructed for the timeline.

Click here to view the spreadsheet of data.

The Impact

I learned a lot about the nuances involved in the Pledge of Allegiance. Additionally, I feel that I now understand how to construct well-structured opinion articles.