Atheist Group Loses Lawsuit Again, Can't Get God Removed From Pledge

In a victory for patriots throughout the nation, atheist activist group, American Humanist Association, has decided not to appeal the recent decision of New Jersey Superior Court Judge David Bauman who said the words "'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance are not discriminatory."

The organization shared that they will let the 45-day appeal window pass, but did not say why. A press release written by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the victorious legal firm who defended Samantha Jones said, “The decision to give up the case marks the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s fifth victory in a row defending the words ‘one nation under God." Samantha Jones added “I’m so grateful to know that I will be able to continue reciting the pledge in peace. Ever since I was little, I’ve recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great.”

In Bauman's original decision in February, he wrote "The Pledge of Allegiance, in this historical context, is not to be viewed, and has never been viewed, as a religious exercise." Bauman went on to explain that the pledge is a method used to "transmit core values of duty, honor, pride and fidelity to country.

Subjective feelings ... do not and cannot serve as a constitutional litmus test for equal protection." This is another loss for the American Humanist Association who attempted to remove the reference to God from the pledge last year.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court also rejected a lawsuit that argued reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of student rights. Last year, Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said, “Today the court affirmed what should have been obvious — ‘God’ is not a dirty word. And it isn’t discriminatory either.

The words ‘under God’ are a reminder to our children that government doesn’t give us our rights and it can’t take them away either." Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote “For those who have been attacking the pledge we would offer this: Our system protects their right to remain silent. But it doesn't give them the right to silence others."

Photo: New York Daily News

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