One nation under God with liberty and justice for all

May 10, 2014 at 10:32 am 1 comment

“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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • 1. naturechaplain  |  May 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I hear you and like the phrase you substitute. I would tell my child they do not have to say those words, or the pledge itself. The great irony is that all the preaching about “freedom” neglects the simple fact that no one has to say any of these pious-patriotisms. Words do not prove someone is a patriot or has piety. Let’s see how people act, and decide. In the name of Thomas Paine, amen.

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