Weston Students Take Stand On Lawsuit Over Pledge Of Allegiance

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Students from Weston High School say the lawsuit against the "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is a personal choice and not something that needs to be a lawsuit.
Students from Weston High School say the lawsuit against the "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is a personal choice and not something that needs to be a lawsuit. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

WESTON, Conn. - When asked about a family that is suing their school district over the “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Weston students said that saying the words is a matter of personal choice.

“I think it’s a really personal thing,” said 16-year-old Becca Marks. But, she added, “It’s part of our history.”
However, saying “under God” is really a personal choice for someone to make while saying the Pledge of Allegiance, Marks said.

“No one should be made to say it,” she added.

Jack Seigenthaler, 16, said he agreed with Marks. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance at all should be a personal choice and not mandated, he said.

“I have a friend who doesn’t stand up to say the pledge, and I have friends who don’t say the ‘under God’,” Seigenthaler said.

But for Jackson Marvin, 16, saying the Pledge of Allegiance is a way of remembering those who have gone before and served the nation.

A family in the New Jersey Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District and its superintendent to remove the “under God” portion of the Pledge of Allegiance because it discriminates against atheists, which violates New Jersey’s constitution.

The addition of “under God” was made in the early 1950s and was not a part of the original wording of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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The Christian Golden rule is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Too bad they don't apply it. If they did, 99% of the comments I see from them would be eliminated. They don't stop to think, "supposed it was a group of people or lawmakers who inserted a religious phrase into the pledge that my conscience would not allow me to recite? Would I stand reverently and just not say those few words, "pretending" to follow along? Is it fair for them to make me abstain from a national pledge, because they want their religious content in there? Government should be about inclusion and working together for earthly causes. It is not about religious division into factions. The very fact that you are taking sides shows that you don't get this concept. A loss from the get go. The best thing is to eliminate all religious content, and if you want to be religious do it on your own time, it is not something to mandate through your government. I'm sure your God would agree -- he said "Do not take my name in vain." And here you are working hard to foster precisely that.

Sounds like a good old-fashioned dose of non-violent American bullying might be needed in that Jersey School District. These publicity seekers and their lousy parents are giving America and its God- fearing- heritage the finger; and need to be shown how unpopular they have become.