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AHA ‘Under God’ Case goes to Massachusetts Supreme Court Wednesday

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photo of a Pledge of Allegiance poster in a schoolOn Wednesday, September 4th, oral arguments begin in the Massachusetts Supreme Court in the case of Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District. The case is being brought on behalf of three Massachusetts public school students and their parents by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. The plaintiffs are members of the AHA. The suit seeks to stop the use of the Pledge of Allegiance that uses the phrase “Under God”, added in 1954, using the equal protection clause of the Massachusetts constitution.
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Proposed Arizona Law Attempts To Create A Hostile Environment In Public Schools

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image of kids using the Bellamy Salute during the Pledge of Allegiance in 1941
Kids giving the Bellamy salute with their loyalty oath in 1941

A Republican legislator, in Arizona, introduced a bill that would require high school students to take a loyalty oath before being allowed to graduate. The oath includes the usual invoking of God clap trap we see in the Pledge of Allegiance. The requirement is stupid, doesn’t help educate kids, and could be used to discriminate against people who either don’t believe in such oaths, like Jehovah Witnesses, or who don’t believe in the God part like Atheists.
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President Obama Rejects Citizen Petition To Remove ‘Under God’ From The Pledge

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Image of President Obama speakingJoshua DuBois, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, responded to two recent citizen petitions asking that ‘In God We Trust’ be removed from the currency and ‘Under God’ be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. As I expected, DuBois makes a long reach to justify rejecting the petitions.
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Original Pledge didn’t include God

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Being this is Flag Day, I wanted to, once again, point out that the words to the Pledge of Allegiance didn’t include God before 1954. One proof is this 1939 Porky Pig cartoon reciting the Pledge and God is no where to be found. The “Red Scare” of the 1950′s led to the addition of “Under God” to the pledge. Wish we go back to the original version as it is more inclusive.

Porky’s Pledge of Allegiance