With no debate, the House voted Thursday to keep the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Only five Democratic representatives voted against HJR3 as it passed 58-5.

Sponsor Rep. Kerry Gibson, R-Ogden, said that his bill comes "from the strong desire to keep the reference of the deity" in the pledge.

"This is in keeping with the beliefs of our Founding Fathers," he added. He said "under God" have been under attack, both in legislative bodies and in the courts.

Utahns and Americans must understand that their unalienable rights come not from the state — for surely they will lose those rights if they believe so — but from God. And as such, states can't take those rights away.

"That is the very foundation of our (federal) Constitution," said Gibson, a dairy farmer. "We understand this basic truth" — that Americans get their freedoms from God, not despite of him, he added.