Humanist survey: 34% OK with removing ‘under God’ from Pledge

Sep 4, 2014

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.

11 comments on “Humanist survey: 34% OK with removing ‘under God’ from Pledge

  • Once again I’m reminded that the eponymous character in the film of The Wizard of Oz, which was produced in 1939, quotes the original motto on the seal of the American Constitution, “E pluribus unum.” (one out of many) ; how insipid its replacement is!

    Although I’m not an American, I hope the original is finally reinstated.



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    old-toy-boy says:

    Questions for Americans, (sorry U.S.A. citizens), when/where are you required to say out loud the the Pledge of Allegiance? and get into trouble if you did not? just asking.



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  • The pledge also marginalizes polytheists and let’s be honest, it marginalizes those that believe in a different deity than the ones that added the words under god to the pledge in the first place.

    Never understood the logic behind forcing someone to recite a national pledge anyway, not exactly consistent with the idea of a open democracy (which sadly the US is less and less of every day). It wasn’t in the pledge to begin with, never needed to be there and no one should be forced to recite it.

    The “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” part always struck me as quite a bit more important the the under god part, and naturally contradictory. Justice for all does not mean for just a particular group of believers and imposing the singular idea rather goes against the notion.

    Just another place for religion to try to insert itself where it doesn’t belong.



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  • achromat666 Sep 5, 2014 at 5:26 am

    The “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” part always struck me as quite a bit more important the the under god part, and naturally contradictory. Justice for all does not mean for just a particular group of believers and imposing the singular idea rather goes against the notion.

    You are not wearing the right brand of theistic word interpretation goggles!

    Justice clearly means; “According to the dogmas in our (insert name of holy book)”, while “freedom”, means; “Freedom to impose our dogmatic views on others”!



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    Melissa says:

    not since grammar school- but hell yeah, daily. And oh yes, if we didn’t stand at attention, hand on heart and speak clearly and completely we’d get called out for it. Not that I’d care now, but when you are 6, you don’t like being reprimanded in front of everyone. So, anyway, can you explain the difference between Americans and USA citizens? What am I? I always thought I was both. You can’t mean North or South Americans, or Native Americans…? You must mean the Republicans?



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  • There is plenty of shouting and in a few instances, legal battles, about students being required to say the pledge when they don’t want to. In Georgia, teachers are required to lead their class in the reciting of the pledge each morning. What happens if a teacher doesn’t want to participate? You can bet any teacher that decided to exercise his/her legal right to be excused from this activity, that teacher would be fired in short order.

    The Pledge of Allegiance needs to be removed altogether.



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