New Jersey High School Student Defending the Pledge of Allegiance Wrongly Thinks Atheists Are Trying to Silence Her September 24, 2014

New Jersey High School Student Defending the Pledge of Allegiance Wrongly Thinks Atheists Are Trying to Silence Her

This past April, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in Monmouth County, New Jersey regarding the Pledge of Allegiance.

If successful, the lawsuit could put an end to daily recitations of the Pledge in the state’s public schools.

There hasn’t been any ruling in the case yet, but yesterday, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty proudly announced that Samantha Jones, a NJ high school student, would be joining the legal fight against the AHA:

“When I stand up, put my hand over my heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance, I am recognizing that my rights come from God, not from the government,” said Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School. “If anyone wants to remain silent, that is their right. But it is not their right to silence me.”

Three quick thoughts:

  1. If any of you harass the girl online, you’re an asshole. This isn’t about her. Don’t bother her.
  2. Jones’ comments about how the Pledge helps her recognize that her “rights come from God” actually proves the AHA’s point. This is a religious Pledge and that’s why it shouldn’t be a mandatory part of the school day. It suggests that atheists are second-class citizens.
  3. No one is silencing her. If the AHA wins the case, Jones would still be allowed to say the Pledge as many times as she wants, whenever she wants. No one is taking that away from her. This is the same silly argument Christians use regarding prayer in schools. They act like the Supreme Court decision ending school-sponsored daily Bible readings took away their right to read the Bible. It didn’t. Students can read it and pray all they want. A teacher just can’t lead those prayers.

We can debate the merits of this particular lawsuit, but Jones is hardly a hero for joining the other side. Her own comments (probably suggested by the Becket Fund) don’t make any sense at all. If the AHA loses, it won’t be because of her.

(via The Blaze)

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