Last updated on: 3/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Seattle Atheists 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.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Seattle Atheists Amicus Brief, Feb. 10, 2004

Description:

“…Seattle Atheists is a nonprofit educational and charitable organization formed to develop and support the atheist, secular humanist, agnostic, and other freethinker communities. Seattle Atheists also provides fellowship for those groups, protects the first amendment principle of state-church separation, opposes discrimination based upon religious conviction, particularly when it is directed at the non-religious; and works with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.”

Elk Grove Unified School District v. Michael A. Newdow, Seattle Atheists Amicus Brief, Feb. 10, 2004

Mission:

“Seattle Atheists is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the atheist community in the Seattle area. We strive to promote understanding and respect toward all freethinkers by providing information, creating a sense of fellowship, actively opposing discrimination, and above all, emphasizing reason and critical thinking over supernaturalism.”

Seattle Atheists website (accessed May 2, 2007)

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