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Judge in THIS State Rules if Pledge Violates Rights of Atheists – “One Nation, Under GOD!”

The Pledge of Allegiance is said at schools across America, every day. But a Judge in New Jersey, after hearing the arguments made by angry atheists, had to decide if the words “under God” violated the constitutional rights of atheist students. In one local school district, the lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association, said the phrase promoted an environment of discrimination in class because it elevated religion and made the atheist students feel like “second-class citizens.”

However, State Superior Court Judge David F. Bauman was not happy with these frivolous arguments! The judge upheld a New Jersey law that says pupils must recite the Pledge of Allegiance unless they have “conscientious scruples” that do not allow it.

Quoting George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Dwight D. Eisenhower and the New Jersey Constitution, Bauman said the United States for centuries has woven small aspects of religion and references to God into its customs and traditions – not as an endorsement of any faith, but as an acknowledgement of the role religion played in the country’s founding.

“As a matter of historical tradition, the words ‘under God’ can no more be expunged from the national consciousness than the words ‘In God We Trust’ from every coin in the land, than the words ‘so help me God’ from every presidential oath since 1789, or than the prayer that has opened every congressional session of legislative business since 1787,” Bauman wrote in his decision.

“The pledge of allegiance, in this historical context, is not to be viewed, and has never been viewed, as a religious exercise,” Bauman wrote. Instead, the judge said, it was meant to promote the “core values of duty, honor, pride and fidelity to country on which the social contract between the United States and its citizens is ultimately based.”

And,

Bauman said even the New Jersey constitution included a reference to an “Almighty God.”

“Under plaintiffs’ reasoning, the very constitution under which plaintiffs seek redress for perceived atheistic marginalization could itself be deemed unconstitutional, an absurd proposition which plaintiffs do not and cannot advance here,” Bauman wrote, adding later: “Protecting students from viewpoints and ideas that may offend or upset them is not and has never been the role of public schools in America.”

via NorthJersey.com

What a brilliant response by a Judge. I’m surprised he didn’t lose his temper, having to explain how frequently “God” is mentioned in government buildings, documents, and our currency.

America has always been a Christian nation, and a simple recognition of an almighty creator is a passing reference to where our laws come from. The religious origins of our form of government is clear, and freedom of religion isn’t the same as freedom FROM religion.

Thank you Judge Bauman for standing up for American values!

Do you support the Pledge of Allegiance being said in schools? Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Thomas

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  • Finally, Finally a Judge with some common sense and a person that respects the United States of America. Of course when his decision gets appealed some panel of nuts will over rule him. But thank God for him and his guts.

  • Yes, as it is a pledge to the country not the religion. Besides its simple if you aren't religious or your Muslim or Buddhist or Hindi, Asatru or whichever SIMPLY DO NOT SAY GOD, SAY YOUR GODS NAME. How darned easy is that.

  • It is about time that someone recognized that there is nothing you can do in this Country or World that will not offend someone. The majority of people march to the tune of the minority...sometimes a minority of less than 3/10 of one percent.

  • I see a lot of post on articles like this about how Christians do this badthing and Christians do that bad thing. And I will admit that there seems to be Christians out there who unfortantely do not seem to grasp what being a Christian is about. But anyone who thinks that humans have a moral rightness about them seperated from God are delusional. without the Moral compass religion brings man is no more than an animal. Not even a kimd animal. We kill not for food like ever other animal but for sport or power. We are mean and vindictive like no other animal. If you need proof in countries where religion is forbidden look at how they treat life. Man alone seperate from the moral guidence religion brings would self destruct because with out Religion man can only be controlled through force And oppression. YesI know that religion has also been used as a justification to conquer and kill. But that was not God that was man perverting God for personal gain. Athiest are just as bad as Christians or people of religion. It seems Athiest responce to the transgression of a few is to attack all. You do not have to believe in God as an Athiest that is your right, as an American. It is your gift from God. He gave man above all creatures he created free will.we are the only creation he gave this gift. You are free not to belive in him. But you are not free to keep others from believing and the free practice of their religion. No how matter how much you hate religion you have even less right to force others to follow your believes only 3% of this country say they believe in no god or are athiest. and 5% claim to be agnostic. Do not believe in your own propaganda that 25% of people do not belive in God. Not identifying with a particular religion does not mean they do not believe or are not Christians. It mean they do not follow the dogma of any particular Christian religion.

  • Thank you, Judge Bauman. I didn't think there were any judges left with common sense. The sorry Supreme Court has pretty much corrupted every court in the land.

  • This beautiful Judge gives me a glimmer of hope for a brighter future. Thank you Judge for not selling God down the river.

  • Interesting when some known Atheists wrote the constitution ans signed it. Groups like this make being a Atheist a religion by definition and in fact are what separation of church and state is about promoting one religion over another. In God we trust is not defining what God or Gods as preference. The Atheists are trying to define no God as the religion of state. As a Atheist I am offended by their lawsuit feeling all should have the right of personal belief respected not demand all follow their choice.

  • Being a follower of Christ, I agree with the addition of "one nation under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance. However, I know the history of our pledge and would not be offended if it was not included.

    I am not agreeing with Atheists who appear to believe they have the right to remove God from all things public. As the article stated, historically this nation was founded on the belief in God and the laws of the Bible. And for me the pledge includes my allegiance to the God of the Bible. However, the phrase "under God" appears to be a rather generic term and allows for a person of any religion to view it as a pledge under the God of his or her choice of religion.

    As for our First Ammendment, it never ceases to amaze me to see how people can misread and misunderstand the statement. Of course, understanding that our Forefathers came from a nation under the rule of a succession of Kings and Queens who not only had the authority to make laws requiring that all citizens convert to a religion established by the government, but in fact, actually did enforce a national religion, makes the intention of the First Amendment obvious.

    FIRST AMENDMENT (Constitution of United States ):
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    The Pledge of Allegiance

    The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931). It was originally published in The Youth's Companion on September 8, 1892. Bellamy had hoped that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

    In its original form it read:

    "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

    In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. At this time it read:

    "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

    In 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, President Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today. Bellamy's daughter objected to this alteration. Today it reads:

    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

    Section 4 of the Flag Code states:

    The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.", should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute."

    The original Bellamy salute, first described in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, who authored the original Pledge, began with a military salute, and after reciting the words "to the flag," the arm was extended toward the flag.

    At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all." At the words, "to my Flag," the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.

    The Youth's Companion, 1892

    Shortly thereafter, the pledge was begun with the right hand over the heart, and after reciting "to the Flag," the arm was extended toward the Flag, palm-down.

    In World War II, the salute too much resembled the Nazi salute, so it was changed to keep the right hand over the heart throughout.

    http://www.ushistory.org

  • I don’t understand why people want to be so stupid with things they say, the only thing I know is that if you don’t like this country and is laws, Because god know I don’t like some of our laws we have in this country but I have to put up with them, you or free to leave go to Mexico go to Japan go to south Africa go any where you want if you don’t like our country, we will not stop you,
    We have to deal with a lot of other thing and we don’t need ant more stupid people coming to our country thinking that we have to put up with your stupid ass.

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  • I don't understand why people want to be so stupid with things they say, I only thing I know is that if you don't like this country and is laws, Because god know I don't like some of our laws we have in this country but I have to put up with them, you or free to leave go to Mexico go to Japan go to south Africa go any where you want if you don't like our country, we will not stop you,
    We have to deal with a lot of other thing and we don't need ant more stupid people coming to our country thinking that we have to put up with your stupid ass.

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