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

Atheists For Human Rights Biography

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

“‘Under God’ in the Pledge is especially eggregious because it not only is clearly pejorative of atheists in a state-authorized ritual, but deliberately rejects the original unifying purpose of having our children recite the Pledge to acknowledge and celebrate ours is ‘one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’ Adding ‘under God’ serves no purpose but to exalt Christian beliefs and biblical theology at the expense of and to harm atheist citizens.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Ahteists for Human Rights Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Description:

“Atheists For Human Rights is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) orgnaization incorporated in the State of Minnesota. It was founded in February 2002 to meet the need for a proactive atheist organization to provide tangible assistance to groups harmed by authoritarian religions.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Ahteists for Human Rights Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Mission:

“Atheists For Human Rights was founded specifically to provide this moral balance in an effort to preserve our civil liberties and human dignity. We add our voice to that of other groups challenging the social agenda of religious authoritarians. We oppose all forms of bigotry and discrimination and advocate for a world where human welfare is not compromised by religious dogma.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Ahteists for Human Rights Amicus Brief, Dec. 19, 2003

Other:
Nonprofit 501(c)(3)