The Pledge Project25 May, 2008
I spotted this over at Atheist Revolution (and it is originally from Atheist Ethicist). The Atheist Ethicist’s premise is that the use of the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance and the use of ‘In God We Trust’ as our national motto (what happened to e pluribus unum? I like that one) are more than intrusions of religion into our government, but actually have the (intended?) effect of banning non-believers from participation in certain aspects of American democracy. No mater how well versed a candidate is in public policy, economics, miltary theory, or any other aspect of government, unless he or she is a believer in a God, there almost no possibility of being elected to public office.
The Atheist Ethicist is anticipating a great deal of backlash when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reaches a decision (soon) regarding the Constitutionality of the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegience. Either they will remove those McCarthy-era words and it will be another example of the fictional ‘war on religion/Christians, or it will be retained, in which case we take another step towards theocracy. His suggestion is for atheists and other fans of church/state separation write letters to the editors in an attempt to explain the situation as a moral and ethical decision, not an anti-Christian decision.
I don’t think it will work, but I’m game. At the very least it is a good start.
Please visit the Atheist Ethicist adn read the whole thing.