Correction to the blog post on the Pledge of Allegiance

May 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm 1 comment

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.

 

 

 

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  • 1. Google  |  July 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

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