In support: Do Not Require Children To Say Under God sign now

WHEREAS freedom of religion is one of the founding principles of our nation, and

WHEREAS freedom of religion includes freedom to worship or not worship any god, or gods, or no god, and

WHEREAS the United States government is expressly forbidden from establishing or endorsing any religion by the First Amendment to the Constitution, and

WHEREAS acknowledging the existence of a god is endorsing a religious belief, and

WHEREAS the public school system is a branch of the United States government,

We the undersigned believe that having public school teachers or administrators lead their students in any recitation or song acknowledging the existence of a god (such as the Pledge of Allegiance as currently composed, or "God Bless America") is an unconstitutional endorsement of a religious belief as well as an unconstitutional requirement that students acknowledge this belief as well, in those schools where students are required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

We do not wish to ban all discussion of religious concepts in the public forum, as all forms of public and private speech are protected by the First Amendment. We believe students and teachers should be allowed to discuss religious concepts with each other both during and outside of school hours. However, we believe there is a vital difference between discussing religious concepts and leading groups of people in observances containing religious endorsements.

We believe that schools should teach about and discuss various religions, as religion is a valid topic of cultural and historical study. However, leading students in recitations or songs with religious concepts does not constitute teaching about religion, rather it constitutes endorsing religion.

Based on the above points, we the undersigned indicate our agreement with the Ninth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals regarding their recent decision and their subsequent confirmation of the same decision determining that leading students in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance containing the phrase "under god" is unconstitutional, and we urge the Supreme Court of the United States to affirm this ruling, if it should come before them. We likewise encourage others who wish to see complete religious freedom restored to the United States, for both nonbelievers as well as believers, to bring similar lawsuits.

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  • 27 December 2015200. Chen C
    I support this petition
  • 27 December 2015199. Anna Arellano
    Tsk, tsk. Double standards abound. This is so lame. You just want the next generation of anti-Christian militants like yourselves. And it's not going to work.
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  • 11 October 2015191. Alyssa S
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  • 09 October 2015190. Leonard Az
    The 1954 Act of Congress was, in view of the language of the document and the supporting it. a blatant promotion of the Christian religion by the Federal government. They forgot that "Congress shall make NO law. . ." The Act is clearly unConstitutional.
  • 01 October 2015189. John K
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  • 15 September 2015187. Rich M
    Assume that God exists. Since God created everything, he created Satan and evil. Since he is all-knowing, he knew the consequences of this. Therefore, God is evil. However, part of God's nature is that he is good, not evil. Therefore God does not exist. C
  • 12 September 2015186. Indocrination Isunamericanandunconstitutionalstridentnarrowmindedrightwingextremistfanaticsjustdontgetitandprobablyneverw
    Freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion. But of course regressive right-wing reactionary clod-hoppers wouldn't understand the concept of what FREEDOM actually means would they! City, State State of Bush/ fascist/ theocratic wacko fatigue
  • 10 September 2015185. Ritchie B
    Regardless of the valiidty of the principle of "Separation of Church and State," Congress in 1954 essentially passed a law adding "Under God" to the Pledge and essentially promoting a religion...which is EXPRESSLY forbidden by the 1st Amendment. City, Sta
  • 30 August 2015184. Lowell H
    Deist in Montana City, State Helena, Montana
  • 29 August 2015183. Keith S
    I may not be from the US. But I don't think any kid should be pressured into saying something that they don't believe. City, State Canada
  • 20 July 2015182. Kayla Blanchard
    I don't like saying the pledge at all..but okay City, State Troy, MI
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    Freedom of Religion means ANY religion
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  • 30 June 2015177. David C
    America is not supposed to be a Christian nation; all you fundamentalists out there will have to deal with the fact that we have atheists, muslims, buddhists, etc. Get over it because freedom of religion is one of our rights!
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Colette HessBy:
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President of the U.S., U.S. Congress, Supreme Court of the U.S.

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