“Stand up for America by sitting down.” That’s what the American Humanist Association (AHA) wants school students, civic clubs, members of the military, lawmakers, and others to do,to show their support for the Association’s “Don’t Say the Pledge” campaign.
With press releases, youtube videos (one of which you can see above), bus-stop ads, and other media, the national campaign demands that the phrase “under God” be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. On its website, the AHA argues that the two words added to the Pledge in 1954 “compromise the patriotic message”:
With “under God” added, the Pledge is not a statement of patriotism. Instead, extremist preachers and politicians point to the language to validate their view that those who don’t believe in God don’t belong.
Until the Pledge is restored to its inclusive version, we can take it upon ourselves to refuse to participate in what’s become a discriminatory exercise. (Note: A Supreme Court case – West Virginia vs. Barnette – gives students the absolute right to sit out the Pledge, for any reason. Schools might not tell you about this right, but if anyone questions you about sitting out the Pledge, contact the AHA’s Legal Center.)
Founded in 1941, the American Humanist Association has an interesting history closely associated with certain progressive causes, including abortion rights as well as gay and lesbian issues.
Throughout the 1960s the AHA became actively involved in challenging the illegality of abortion and was the first national membership organization to support abortion rights. Humanist leaders were prominent in the founding of pro-choice organizations, including the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (now the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice) and the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (now NARAL Pro-Choice America).
The LGBT Humanist Council of the American Humanist Association is committed to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. The Council seeks to improve the lives of LGBT individuals through education, public service and outreach and serve as a resource for members of the American Humanist Association, the greater free-thought community, and the public on LGBT issues.
The sample video above is one of several produced by the AHA to support their “Don’t Say the Pledge” campaign.
H/T: The Washington Times
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