A forum for Princeton residents to express opinions about local and national issues
Question of the Week: "What are your feelings about the Pledge of Allegiance and taking out the line 'One nation under god'?"
"I grew up not reciting, 'under God,' and I was quite comfortable with that, but I am comfortable with 'God' as well it does not matter to me one way or another."
Bob Pinals, Red Hill Road
"I don't think that there should be, 'under God' in it, because not everyone thinks that way."
Sara Goodman, Cedar Lane
"I really believe in the separation of church and state, not so the state will not be religious, but that religion should not be corrupted by people just trying to take political advantage. We should honor the beliefs of atheists and agnostics, but it does not hurt for people to know where we come from. My daughter, for example, refused to recite it at her school, and knew her constitutional rights, and informed the principal of them. Having said that, the 'bottom line' is that I don't know, but I think that we have to debate this intelligently."
Patti Newler, North Harrison Street
"I think it is unfortunate that this whole thing has been dragged into such an extreme. People should be allowed to express both sides. Unfortunately there is a whole bunch of religious rhetoric behind the whole thing. It is so polarized, that secularists, who do not have religious feelings get isolated, and this goes against the separation of the state and the church. You cannot have separation and invoke words that have very strong religious overtones. The challenge is interesting, and there needs to be a good debate, rather than jumping to an amendment to the Constitution."
Suresh Paul, Hickory Court
"I feel that it should stay as it is."
Lorraine Woolston (with Dusty), Walnut Lane