Archive for May, 2014

Correction to the blog post on the Pledge of Allegiance

To: ‘lauren@secular.org’
Subject: Misinforming the public

 

Hello Lauren,

 This is the second time I’ve misinformed the public and those who follow my blog by relying on the information in the Secular Coalition’s Weekly Wrap Up.

 Let me quote from an article in both the email & on the SCA website:

 

“Secular Americans Disappointed with MA Supreme Court Decision on Pledge of Allegiance

 Fri, 05/09/2014 – 11:26

“Washington, DC—The Secular Coalition for America today expressed disappointment with Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in the case of Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.

“The case challenged a state law that requires daily school-sponsored and teacher-led classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Court sided with the defendant, and ruled that the school district can compel students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance including the wording “under God”.”       [Bolding is mine]

If you’ll click on that “decision” link, above, and read the source material, you’ll find that school children’s reciting of the Pledge of  Allegiance is stated to be voluntary and this is repeated about half a dozen times in the court summary. 

I can’t trust the SCA’s reporting of the facts after being twice burnt and that’s a shame because you are a position to have a command of the facts and events that are vitally important to nonbelievers, freethinkers, etc.

I’ve offered links to SCA and its articles on several occasions in my blog and I apologize to my readers for that and my part in misleading them–more than once.

 

 

 

May 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm 1 comment

One nation under God with liberty and justice for all

“Today [This is a quote from the Secular Coalition earlier this week.], the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued another disappointing decision in the case of Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.” 

http://secular.org/news/secular-americans-disappointed-ma-supreme-court-decision-pledge-allegiance

“The case challenged a state law that requires daily school-sponsored and teacher-led classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Court sided with the defendant, and ruled that the school district can compel students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance including the wording “under God”.”

 

The earlier decision referred to was the case The Town of Greece v. Galloway before the U.S. Supreme Court about the village starting each meeting with prayer. To me, though, the Massachusetts decision is much more troubling. The Secular Coalition states it quite well:

            “The case challenged a state law that requires daily school-sponsored and teacher-led classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Court sided with the defendant, and ruled that the school district can compel students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance including the wording “under God”. – See more at: http://secular.org/news/secular-americans-disappointed-ma-supreme-court-decision-pledge-allegiance#sthash.vY0EsrCE.dpuf

            “Niose [then president of Secular Coalition] argued that the wording “under God” in the Pledge discriminates against atheists and other nonbelievers, by instilling and defining patriotism according to a god belief.

               ‘ “Atheist-humanist children love their country no less than do children who believe in God, and it’s just wrong to have a daily patriotic exercise that invalidates them by associating patriotism with God-belief,” Niose said after arguing the case. “If schools conduct a daily exercise to instill national loyalty, it should be inclusive and nondiscriminatory.” ‘

                “- See more at: http://secular.org/news/secular-americans-disappointed-ma-supreme-court-decision-pledge-allegiance#sthash.vY0EsrCE.dpuf  ”

 

The two points that make this the more heinous decision of the week are these:

 state law [ ] requires daily school-sponsored and teacher-led classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance

                                                                                                &

the school district can compel students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance including the wording “under God”.

 I’d like to be a student there and be outted for not saying “under God.”  I currently substitute “religious freedom” in the Pledge now.

If I wouldn’t be turned in for that, I’d turn myself in for lying when I say, One nation under God with liberty and justice for all though  that now lies at the feet of the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 10, 2014 at 10:32 am 1 comment

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May 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment


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