- The Washington Times - Monday, September 8, 2014

The American Humanist Association kicked off a national campaign to press people to stop pledging allegiance to the U.S. flag, until the phrase “under God” is removed.

The campaign includes YouTube video spots and bus stop ads in New York City and Washington, D.C., the group announced in a press release.

The spots suggest viewers visit the website, DontSaythePledge.com, which includes a history of the pledge and the clarification that “under God” wasn’t added until 1954.

“We want everyone to know that the current wording of the pledge discriminates against atheists and others who are good without a god, and we want them to stand up for fairness by sitting down until the pledge is restored to its original, unifying form,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association.

The campaign kicked off in response to a recent study from The Seidewitz Group that found 34 percent of Americans supported removing the phrase “under God” after they learned it only came about in 1954.

“Through the daily pledge exercise, our public schools are defining patriotism by promoting god-belief while stigmatizing atheist and humanist children,” said David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “This violates the principles of equal rights and nondiscrimination, which is why we are currently challenging ‘under God’ in the pledge with a lawsuit in New Jersey.”

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