Lawmakers: Remove comma from ‘one nation, under God’

Posted at 11:52 AM, Feb 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-07 17:45:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Lawmakers are discussing a resolution regarding the Pledge of Allegiance.

The words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance nearly 60 years ago. To highlight the significant day, Sen. Aaron Osmond is proposing a resolution. On Thursday lawmakers debated that resolution, which focuses on how the Pledge of Allegiance should be recited.

Sen. John Valentine talked about removing the commas in an effort to get a deeper meaning of the words. For example, Valentine said we've been taught to recite the pledge with commas-- we pause when we recite "One nation under God." He said those two separate statements should be one statement.

Nationally, all but two states are doing similar resolutions.

Utah Senate leaders passed it unanimously. Next week, senators will give it one final look. If approved, house members will have the opportunity to debate it.