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It isn't always about the jokes here on Purgatory. Although there is no mission statement, I always hope to inform as well as entertain. Today's bit is more of the former than the latter. But who knows, maybe a few chuckles will be thrown in for your amusement.
I schlepped down to the Massachusetts Supreme Court yesterday and joined with a gaggle of secularists to rally against "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. This is a particularly irksome issue for me personally because at the beginning of every school year I restate the basic policy regarding the Pledge to my kids. It goes something like this:
Look, if you want to say "under God" during the Pledge, that's OK. If you don't want to say it that is OK, too. I support you in either decision, but remember that no one can make you say those words. Atheists are as American as anyone else.
Of course, both of my kids, Will and Ali (11 and 8 years old), are aware of the original wording of the Pledge and how it got altered.
Here is a bit about the rally and the court case itself from the Boston Atheist Meetup Group.
On September 4, a groundbreaking case of great importance to atheists and humanists will be heard before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Doe vs. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District is brought through the AHA's Appignani Humanist Legal Center, and is the first in the nation to assert the rights of atheists-humanist solely via equal protection and nondiscrimination. The case challenges the state law that requires daily school-sponsored and teacher-led classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, because the pledge's "under God" wording discriminates against atheists-humanists by instilling and defining patriotism according to God-belief.I got to the rally a bit later than expected due to traffic. However, there was a good crowd of atheists, humanists, and other separation of church/state advocates there. I put on a name tag (I always have to fight the urge to write Tyler Durden or Cornelius). Under my name I scribbled down Atheist - Dad.
That got some attention from the local (and not so local media). You can see me on this news clip from FOX News 25. I tried to embed the video here, but it didn't work. Here is the link.
We'll see how the court rules.