By JoAnne Viviano
A study commissioned by the American Humanist Association indicates that 34 percent of U.S. adults would support removing the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.
The May survey by the Seidewitz Group is meant to counter a 2013 poll by the evangelical LifeWay Research firm that had a very different result. That poll showed that just 8 percent of adults feel the phrase should be removed.
The Humanist Association says the difference in results is likely due to its pollsters telling survey participants that the “under God” phrase was added 1954 and that “some Americans feel that the Pledge should focus on unity rather than religion.”
Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said the phrase marginalizes atheists, agnostics, humanists and other non-theists.