Last updated on: 2/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Ed Buckner, PhD Biography

Title:
Southern Director of the Council for Secular Humanism
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"
Reasoning:

“Expressing fealty to a god should not be a condition of citizenship. Love of country is not, nor should it be, measured by a citizen’s religious belief or lack thereof. Many secular humanists, atheists, and agnostics have laid down their lives for this country.

It has been 200 years since Thomas Jefferson’s letter made famous the phrase ‘a wall of separation between church and state’ approved of by ‘the whole American people,’ and yet there is still controversy over the idea. There should not be. The choice, despite what some say, really is between having a free country and having an officially religious nation. You can have one or the other, but not both; and religious believers should join me in choosing freedom, as the framers of our Constitution did and as logic dictates, not just for my sake but for their own.”

Secular Humanism website, July 2002

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Southern Director, Council for Secular Humanism
  • Treasurer, Atlanta Freethought Society
  • Member, Georgia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Advisory Board member, Secular Coalition for America
  • Former Executive Director, Council for Secular Humanism
  • Award for excellence in teaching, Georgia State University Foundation, 1983-1984
  • Award for excellence in teaching, Georgia State University Foundation, 1980-1981
Education:
  • PhD, Educational Leadership, Georgia State University, 1983
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary English), Georgia State University, 1975
  • BA, English, Rice University, 1967
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Words "under God" Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?
  2. Was the US Founded "under God"?