Today is PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY!!! I’ve followed the latest story of attack against the Pledge of Allegiance. High School student, Samantha Jones, with representation from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is defending her right to say ONE NATION UNDER GOD.
What a brave girl! I wonder if I would have had that kind of backbone when I was in High School? I know I would now, but back then, I’m not so sure.
The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. The AHA is representing a family who objects to the phrase being recited at one of the schools within the New Jersey school district.
Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God. Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices. – AHA lawyer David Niose
Samantha Jones goes to Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, New Jersey. The Christian-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending she and the school district. They say Samantha has the right to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
I’ve been reciting the pledge since preschool, and to me the phrase ‘one nation under God’ sums up the history and values that have made our country great. I think it’s empowering to know that, no matter what happens, I have some rights the government can never take away. No student should be silenced just because some people disagree with timeless American values. – Samantha Jones
The following quote was published in The Christian Post:
The judge seemed focused on the case, he had prepared well, and he was familiar with the arguments of each of the parties. He asked tough questions of each side, and it is difficult to predict the outcome, but we are optimistic that he will agree with every other court to decide this issue and uphold the pledge. – Diana Verm, a lawyer with the Becket Fund
On this day, may we raise up this important case to God in prayer. May God richly bless Samantha and her family and give them strength and wisdom.
The attorney for the unidentified atheist family goes on and on about his client’s rights – that having the phrase in the Pledge offends them. The thought of taking it out OFFENDS ME – WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN’S RIGHT TO HAVE THE PHRASE STAY THERE??? I’m sick and tired of everyone else’s rights coming before Christian’s rights! This country was founded on CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES. If you don’t like the phrase, you don’t have to say that part – but don’t take it out because there are many (including me) who will say it regardless! It calms my spirit to know that the God of creation has this mess of a country in the palm of His hand. There’s no better place it could possibly be!
They already took prayer out of schools – they booted God clear off campus – and wow – that’s really working out well for us, don’t you think? We never had shootings at our schools – but our teachers taught us to respect our Country, our elders, and our Higher Power! It’s my RIGHT to pray – it’s my RIGHT to say UNDER GOD when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Anyone who is uncomfortable can make a choice to either not say the Pledge or not say the part that is offensive to them. There are plenty of things that non-Christians do that I’m uncomfortable with – and you know what? I don’t make them stop – I just don’t join in.
No matter what the official outcome is, the powers that be will never force me to leave out the words UNDER GOD from my Pledge of Allegiance. Instead of having more of a separation between church and state, there needs to be a knitting together of the two. I’m praying for this country – now more than ever. And – by the way, I’m praying about the part of the Pledge that follows – INDIVISIBLE. Uh-huh – yep – I’m praying about that part too. ❤
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;
AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS; ONE NATION UNDER GOD;
INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
And the verdict came in – here is an update – 2-5-15
We need more young people like Samantha. Well done, sweetheart! ❤
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