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Today In History- June 14

U.S. President Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.


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President Eisenhower modifies Pledge of Allegiance.

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In a landmark decision in the issue of religion and school interaction, on June 14, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower approved a bill stipulating the addition of "under God" the Pledge of Allegiance.  The addition originated from a petition from the Knights of Columbus, a Roman Catholic fraternal service organization, who believed that a mention of deity was necessary in the pledge.  They cited the inclusion of "under God" from the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln as a reason.  With religious leaders preaching that the pledge should reflect the American spirit, a bill was presented in Congress, with Eisenhower eventually approving it.

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