Last updated on: 3/7/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

HUUmanists Biography

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

“The current version of the Pledge of Allegiance, as amended in 1954 to include the phrase ‘under God,’ violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment… The Pledge is not ceremonial deism as defined by this Court. Reciting the Pledge is an active swearing of loyalty to one’s country, not a passive reading or even reciting of a historical document. Furthermore, the phrase ‘under God,’ like all other phrases in the Pledge, has a distinctive meaning: that this country is presently a nation ‘under God,’ not a historical acknowledgement that it was founded under a god… The use of the current version of the Pledge in public schools violates this Court’s coercion analysis. Reciting ‘under God’ is a religious act. Children, while theoretically having the right to opt out of reciting the Pledge, may not do so because of fear of exposure as outsiders, because they do not have the capacity to do so, or because they wish not to appear unpatriotic to their teacher and classmates. Furthermore, the wish of parents for their children not to recite the Pledge may be ignored, indoctrinating them against the parents’ will.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, The HUUmanists Amicus Brief, Feb. 12, 2004

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

“The HUUmanists are an independent affiliate of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Within this context HUUmanists practice, promote, enhance, and enjoy Humanism; provide a continental organization for Humanists; and defend and protect Humanism and freedom of thought. HUUmanists achieve these goals by arranging programs, forums, and lectures; publishing Humanist writing to give voice to Humanist values; encouraging the establishment of local Humanist groups, and maintaining a Humanist presence on the Internet. Founded in 1962, the HUUmanists’ primary publications are the semi-annual journal religious humanism and the quarterly newsletter HUUmanists News.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, The HUUmanists Amicus Brief, Feb. 12, 2004

Mission:

“To enhance, promote, practice and enjoy humanism in liberal religion, and to provide a continental organization for those who consider themselves humanists within the UUA. To this end, HUUmanists shall defend and protect freedom of thought in Unitarian Universalism, arrange programs, forums and lectures, encourage humanist writing to give voice to humanistic values, encourage the establishment of local humanist groups, maintain a humanist presence on the internet, and hold discussion groups, seminars, workshops, and conferences…”

The HUUmanists website (accessed May 7, 2007)

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