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

American Humanist Association Biography

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

“The practice of reciting the Pledge in public schools specifically targets children, inculcating them with a monotheistic message not held by millions of Americans. This is not a passive reading of a historic document but an active swearing of a loyalty oath to one’s country and, since 1954, an avowal that our nation exists ‘under God,’ which is tantamount to prayer.

The First Amendment does not require hostility toward religion, but mandates government neutrality toward religion. By imposing a religious belief on those without such beliefs, the current version of the Pledge utterly fails this test.”

Press Release, Sep. 14, 2005

Description:

“AHA actively educates the public about Humanism, brings Humanists together for mutual support and action, defends the civil liberties and constitutional freedoms of Humanists—indeed of all peoples—and leads both local and national Humanist organizations toward progressive societal change.”

American Humanist website (accessed Aug. 14, 2007)

Mission:

“The mission of the American Humanist Association is to promote the spread of humanism, raise public awareness and acceptance of humanism, and encourage the continued refinement of the humanist philosophy. The AHA works democratically to establish and protect the rights of humanists in a peaceful, sustainable world of hope, opportunity, and fulfillment for all.”

American Humanist website (accessed Aug. 14, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Do the Words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance Improperly Endorse Religion?