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

Atheists and Other Freethinkers Biography

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

“No child should incur teacher condescension or classmate derision for holding to the ultimate beliefs of the parents who have entrusted education of that child to the school. However, it happens when youngsters and adults of conscience are pressed by circumstance to conform to the Pledge ritual in its current form.

Return of the Pledge to its pre-1954 form would remove the phraseology, the dilemma, the divisiveness, and the harm for this segment of the population.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Center for Public Justice Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

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

“Atheists and Other Freethinkers (AOF) was organized in Sacramento in 1993 to advance public understanding of atheism and urge civic acceptance of atheists in the community. Through its educational programs, projects and publications, this Section 501(c)(3) organization extends atheistic perspectives concerning the separation of church and state and the right to think and speak freely on these perspectives.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Center for Public Justice Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Mission:

“No dogma. No creeds. Just plain religion-free. Oh well, we’d like to be, anyway. But, we freethinking citizens do have to contend with our situation. It is one of living and getting along as unbelievers when the cultural mainstream seems immersed in unthinking faith.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Center for Public Justice Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Other:
Non-profit 501 (c)(3)
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?