I’m in high school and I don’t want to say the ‘under god’ portion of the pledge of allegiance. I want to make a statement to say, I should not be required to say it (as I am an atheist) and for others at my school who are not comfortable with it whether they are of another religion than Christianity or simply atheist/agnostic. Since I go to school in a rather conservative area, I don’t want to cause harm to anyone close to me for my actions. What do you think would be a good way to make a statement about ‘under god’ in the pledge without a horrible backfire to me and others? Your help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I would say that the best way to go about it is to not say it yourself. If there are any problems that are had with teachers then you should go to the administration and let them know that you don’t have to say the “under god” portion if you don’t want to. If THEY have a problem to it then politely ask them to take it up with the board or superintendent of the school district.
Even if you live in a relatively conservative area, there should be no reason for backlash. if you find yourself being threatened because of this, i’m sure there are organizations that (if approached properly) will fight on your behalf.
This is a totally touchy subject for a lot of people. I would recommend that which action you decide to take, that you are sure it’s what you want to do. Think about your safety first, because that’s more important than making a statement about religion.
I hope that this answered your question.
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July 10th 1925: Scopes Monkey Trial begins
On this day in 1925 the trial of John Scopes, who stood accused of teaching evolution and thus violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, began. The trial drew the attention of the nation, as to many it seemed as if Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution itself was on trial, especially its compatibility with religion (namely Christian Creationism). The most famous lawyers of the day argued the case, with former Democratic nominee for President William Jennings Bryan prosecuting and Clarence Darrow defending. Scopes was ultimately found guilty of teaching evolution, but was let free on a technicality. The trial was one of the most dramatic and famous in history and has since become synonymous with religious backlash against scientific progress.