Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

American Atheists Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“When the government of the United States sees fit to place the value of patriotism or adherence to constitutional principles predominantly in a religious context, whether on coins or in the form of a pledge, an oath, or an invocation, it serves to weaken the bonds that hold all citizens of this country in common.”

Congressional Testimony, Sep. 14, 1988

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Other
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“[W]orks for freedom from theism, the freedom from dependency on god theories.”

American Atheists website (accessed Aug. 29, 2006)

Mission:

“To Secure Our Freedom From Religion. To Labor For, In All Lawful Ways, The Complete and Absolute Separation of Church and State. To Defend the Civil Rights of Atheists.”

American Atheists website (accessed Aug. 29, 2006)

Other:
Non-profit
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Should "In God We Trust" Be Removed from US Currency?