A national humanist group is suing a New Jersey school district on behalf of a family that believes the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is discriminatory toward atheist children.
The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and announced Monday by the American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization.
The group says the phrase, added in 1954, “marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots.” The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words violate the state constitution’s right to equal protection.
David Niose, an attorney for the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said public schools should not permit an exercise that “teaches students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.”
“Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices,” Niose said in a statement.
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Of course, that the religion of Evolution is taught in those same schools, they are just fine with.
Cardiff University Students’ Union has attempted to ban pro-life demonstrations on campus despite opposition from the University’s Islamic, Catholic and Pro-Life societies, and some pro-abortion students.
The Union’s senate last week debated the motion to “prevent affiliated societies and groups from taking part in anti-choice protests or rallies”.
The presidents of the Catholic, Islamic and Pro-Life societies attended the debate which lasted three-and-a-half hours, trying unsuccessfully to urge the senate to vote against the motion.
An initial, unofficial vote was held, indicating that the motion had majority support, after which the senate held a secret ballot to reach a final decision.
The official vote failed, however, after it emerged that the senate did not have the required number of members in attendance. The vote was thus rendered invalid, meaning that the senate will now have to debate the motion over again on a different date.
Pro-life students said they received just three days notice about the vote.
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The Democratic National Committee is formally complaining that MSNBC, the liberal cable network, is not being fair to them.
A top official at the committee is steamed that the network isn’t stopping Joe Scarborough, the former Republican congressman who hosts “Morning Joe,” from giving a speech at an upcoming GOP event in New Hampshire. Recently, Ed Schultz, a liberal host on the channel, they point out, was prevented from attending a Democratic fundraiser in Florida because of network rules preventing hosts from raising money for candidates or parties.
“Now, I don’t begrudge Joe participating in this event,” DNC communications director Mo Elleithee said in a letter, which was published by The Huffington Post on Thursday. “But for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why he would be allowed to speak to a Republican event, but other MSNBC personalities were not allowed to speak at a Democratic events. Seems like a pretty big double standard.”
The complaints come as sources tell The Daily Caller that Scarborough is seriously considering the prospect of leaving morning television to run for president in 2016.
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