Teen Triumphs Over Atheists: ‘Under God’ May Stay in Pledge of Allegiance

Teen Triumphs Over Atheists: ‘Under God’ May Stay in Pledge of Allegiance


Samantha Jones with her parents

Atheists can’t just leave our schoolchildren alone. Two of them cowardly sued a school district in New Jersey under the names John and Jane Doe and their child, claiming the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance were “discriminatory.” Samantha Jones, a senior at a nearby high school, had enough and fought back. A judge agreed and threw out the lawsuit.

The Daily Mail reports on Jones’s efforts,

In a statement released Friday, she said: ‘I’m so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn’t be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values.’ 

‘Ever since I was little, I’ve recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase ‘under God’ protects all Americans-including atheists-because it reminds the government that it can’t take away basic human rights because it didn’t create them.’ 

Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty added: ‘The message today is loud and clear: ”God” is not a dirty word. The Pledge of Allegiance isn’t a prayer, and reciting it doesn’t magically create an official state religion.’

It’s frankly time to stop the bullying. Good thing this teenage girl had more guts than the nameless parents who were too chicken to put their name on the lawsuit, pawns of the American Humanist Association which filed the lawsuit. These types of frivolous lawsuits do nothing more than harass innocent schoolchildren and waste taxpayers’ money.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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