This article first appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, February 9, 2015:
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty rejoiced over the decision of a New Jersey Superior Court last week to keep the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
This is the fifth time the Fund has successfully defended against attacks from groups such as the American Humanist Association (AHA) from demanding that the Pledge either be removed from public school classrooms, or that the offending words be removed from the Pledge.
Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund, noted:
“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. The Pledge — in the tradition of Washington’s Farewell Address or Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — is not a prayer to God but a
statement of who we are as a nation. Dissenters have every right to sit out the Pledge, but they can’t silence everyone else.