An atheist group has kicked off a national campaign urging Americans to boycott saying the Pledge of Allegiance until the words “under God” are removed.
The American Humanist Association has produced a YouTube video ad and bus stop ads in New York City and Washington D.C., that will direct viewers to the website DontSayThePledge.com, according to a news release.
The site has information about the history of the Pledge and a way for “students to report harassment or bullying they might have experienced for exercising their right to remain seated during the Pledge.”
“We want everyone to know that the current wording of the Pledge discriminates against atheists and others who are good without a god, and we want them to stand up for fairness by sitting down until the Pledge is restored to its original, unifying form,” executive director of the American Humanist Association, Roy Speckhardt, said in the statement.
The campaign was prompted by a study that found that 34 percent of Americans would support removing the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance after they were told that the phrase was not part of the original wording. Instead, the group wants to restore the original words, “one nation indivisible.”
“Through the daily Pledge exercise, our public schools are defining patriotism by promoting god-belief while stigmatizing atheist and humanist children,” legal director of the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center , David Niose, said in the statement. “This violates the principles of equal rights and nondiscrimination, which is why we are currently challenging ‘under God’ in the Pledge with a lawsuit in New Jersey.”
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H/T: Washington Times
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