“Under God” out of the Pledge
Understanding political correctness is as easy as one would want to make it. Basically all one really needs to do is look out at the world — those people we see, ut oh, here we go — is that young lady wearing no apparent wedding ring, the one with the hair. Now come on you look — sitting indigently without underwear, with the black hair roots, then an awful shade of blonde, and platinum down to the straggly ends. Damn, okay then, the one sitting like she’s playing classical guitar only without the guitar, terrible excuse for hair coloring and conditioning, I mean she is inciting the male sheep, lamas, and even a few male dogs around town. What I am trying to do is to arrive at explaining her and if you think she is heavy? Is she a fat-chick; or maybe plump, or is it just a bit overweight?
Either way one looks at this ugly description does she ever get described? No! A lot of characteristics about her but nothing inherently distinctive about her at all. We believe that the word choice is overwhelming important when trying to describe anyone; however, can you think of any other words, names, or other identifying remarks about that young lady?
Distinctive qualities describing the characteristics of a person might resemble a set of qualities that are distinctive, such as a person’s qualities of their mind and/or the general overall feelings this person may have.
The American Humanist Association is suing a New Jersey school district on behalf of an unidentified family, asking that students not be allowed to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Now, a New Jersey family – led by 17-year-old high school senior Samantha Jones – is speaking up.
According to NJ.com, the court has allowed the family to intervene in the case on behalf of the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District.
If the courts ruled to remove the phrase from the Pledge, [attorney Diana] Verm said that would have an impact on Jones because it would apply to all schools in New Jersey. She also added that the Pledge is voluntary so people don’t have to recite it, which she said has been a remedy in the courts for decades.
“Where they’re wrong is the words ‘under God’ are not a religious statement but they’re a statement of political philosophy,” Verm said. “It was our Founding Father’s understanding that our rights don’t come from the state but they come from something higher than the state.”
The American Humanist Association, who filed the suit earlier this year, says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.”
The next steps for Jones and the Knights of Columbus will be to file a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed, Verm said.
Jones sat down with Elisabeth Hasselbeck to explain why this issue is so important to her. She argued it comes down to “protecting our freedom as Americans.”
“I have been reciting the pledge since pre-school so to me the pledge sums up the history and values that have made our country great. Because it does acknowledge that our rights don’t come from the government, but from a higher power. So they can’t take those rights away,” said Jones.
She said she would feel “silenced” if she were to be forced to omit “under God” from the pledge. Jones said anyone who doesn’t want to say the pledge “has the right to remain silent, but they don’t have the right to silence everyone else.”