Last updated on: 3/6/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Atheist Community of Austin Biography

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

“Daily affirmation of the existence of a specific monotheistic God, or even a generic monotheistic god, is a religious affirmation even if it is draped in the Flag. Thus, a public school district policy that requires teachers to lead willing students in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the phrase ‘under God’ violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment…The phrase ‘under God’ does not qualify as mere ceremonial deism when included in a daily teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance by public school elementary students. It is a government sponsored claim of the existence of a single deity that excludes believers in all other deities and excludes those who do not believe in any deity.”

Atheist Community of Austin Amicus Brief, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Feb. 10, 2004

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

“Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote atheist viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the First Amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists, and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals. The organization operates in an open, democratic manner, without discrimination as to gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, nationality, or disability.”

Atheist Community of Austin Amicus Brief, Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Feb. 10, 2004

Mission:

“The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.”

Atheist Community of Austin website (accessed Apr. 30, 2007)

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(3)