Southern Director of the Council for Secular Humanism
Con to the question "Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
"Expressing fealty to a god should not be a condition of citizenship. Love of country is not, nor should it be, measured by a citizen's religious belief or lack thereof. Many secular humanists, atheists, and agnostics have laid down their lives for this country.
It has been 200 years since Thomas Jefferson's letter made famous the phrase 'a wall of separation between church and state' approved of by 'the whole American people,' and yet there is still controversy over the idea. There should not be. The choice, despite what some say, really is between having a free country and having an officially religious nation. You can have one or the other, but not both; and religious believers should join me in choosing freedom, as the framers of our Constitution did and as logic dictates, not just for my sake but for their own."
Experts JD's (lawyers), US Presidents, federal appellate opinions, US Founding Fathers, Members of Congress, members of state legislative bodies with significant involvement in, or related to, the "under God" conflict and/or government and constitutional law, and those with PhD's in government, constitutional law or other relevant fields. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Southern Director, Council for Secular Humanism
Treasurer, Atlanta Freethought Society
Member, Georgia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Advisory Board member, Secular Coalition for America
Former Executive Director, Council for Secular Humanism
Award for excellence in teaching, Georgia State University Foundation, 1983-1984
Award for excellence in teaching, Georgia State University Foundation, 1980-1981
PhD, Educational Leadership, Georgia State University, 1983
MEd, Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary English), Georgia State University, 1975