An organization of anti-theists, who refer to themselves as the American Humanists Association, went after The Pledge of Allegiance in New Jersey, but they weren’t expecting a high school girl and her family to stand up to them. Samantha Jones won her hard fought battle to protect her right to Pledge Allegiance to her country “under God.”
In an op-ed piece at Fox News, Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School wrote, “When I heard about a group of atheists suing to silence every New Jersey school kid who wished to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety, including the words ‘under God,’ I knew I had to do something.”
“That’s why my family and I decided to defend the Pledge in court,” she added. “We believe in doing so we are not only standing for the Pledge but also protecting our freedoms as Americans, and our ability to celebrate those freedoms everywhere including in school. And the judge just agreed with us. He dismissed the American Humanist Association’s lawsuit because our legal system doesn’t force kids into silence just because some others take offense at timeless American values.”
“The same laws that protect the atheists’ world view, protect mine,” she continued. “I will not let them silence me. I’ve been reciting the Pledge since preschool, and to me, the phrase “one nation under God” sums up the history and values that have made our country great. “Under God” acknowledges that our rights don’t come from the government but from a higher power. The government cannot be allowed to take away the basic human rights it did not create.”
In a statement following her victory, Jones 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.”
“Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God,” David Niose, attorney for the AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a statement last April. “Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.”
No, it doesn’t portray them as second class citizens. It exposes them as fools, those who claim there is no God.
Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty said, “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.”
Back in November, Jones told Fox News, “I don’t think that it’s as much about religion as it is about our rights. Everyone has the right to remain silent but they don’t have the right to silence everybody else.”
Jones then warned the anti-theist’s attempts to remove the mention of “God” from America’s history and the education system by writing, “If the American Humanist Association wants to eliminate every mention of “God,” teachers would have to remain silent about the values held by the American Revolutionaries, the Constitution, and leaders in the civil rights movement. And why would they advocate that kind of censorship anyway? I think it’s empowering to know that, no matter what happens, I have some rights the government can never take away.”
She concluded that the anti-theist’s attempts to sue those in order to censor ideas in the classrooms is a move “from dissent to hostile bullying.”
In a manner similar to that spoken of by Jesus when He said,
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad…”
…Jones said it was an “honor to have the opportunity to stand up to those bullies.”
This is what it takes America in order to fight against the enemies of America and Christianity. It takes young and old, men and women to not cower in fear, but boldly stand up against those that seek to silence them and claim their victory.