A campaign to challenge the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God" is gaining traction in states across the country.
As you may know, the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister, whose original version stated that the United States of America was "one nation indivisible." But in 1954, the words "under God" were added to the Pledge during the height of the McCarthy era.
Now, two lawsuits—in Massachusetts and New Jersey—are challenging that daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God" in public schools violates the state constitution's equal protection clause. Lawsuits have been filed by two anonymous families with children who are asked to recite the Pledge daily in their public school.
To claim America as "under God" treats humanists, atheists, and other nonbelievers like second-class citizens. Governments and schools should not be allowed to take a position on whether God exists or not, and all children should have the opportunity to participate in an inclusive patriotic exercise.
Stand up today and demand that the Pledge of Allegiance return to its original wording as "one nation indivisible"!
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