Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Equal Protection" vs God

When did "equal protection" mean a lawsuit should be filed stating the phrase "Under God" in the United States Pledge of Allegiance causes great harm to individuals?  In a case filed in  Massachusetts (Taxachusetts), that's exactly what is being claimed. 

"Equal Protection"  as defined by our Constitution:

"The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from denying any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. See U.S. Const. amend. XIV. In other words, the laws of a state must treat an individual in the same manner as others in similar conditions and circumstances. A violation would occur, for example, if a state prohibited an individual from entering into an employment contract because he or she was a member of a particular race. The equal protection clause is not intended to provide "equality" among individuals or classes but only "equal application" of the laws. The result, therefore, of a law is not relevant so long as there is no discrimination in its application. By denying states the ability to discriminate, the equal protection clause of the Constitution is crucial to the protection of civil rights.
See Civil Rights.

Where in the description above do you see that atheists have a right to proclaim using "Under God" causes undue stress or that the 14th Amendment means that Christians should be constantly attacked?  No where.  Read the bold statement above.  Read it again.

How does "under God" mean that we are not treated in the same manner just because our PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE has those words?  How does "Under God" cause nightmares at night, and keep you from your daily activities?  

How does reciting, or not reciting (because no one is FORCED to say it) "under God" harm you? Explain that please.  Do seizures occur if you "hear" the words "Under God"?  Do you get diarrhea or have a heart attack?  Nope.  Just a bunch of whiny people who want all of us to be miserable if they are.  

But our society is now ruled by the minority instead of the majority.  Case in point is the recent actions by 50 students at Rutgers protesting Condi Rice.  Those students better be glad I am not a hiring manager.  Because if Condi Rice bothers them, then the real world work experience will definitely destroy these whiny and truly "uneducated" kids.  In the real world, you can't protest every action of your boss and expect to stay employed.  Just doesn't work that way.

I say to the atheists loud and clear..."I don't want your god that you worship.  I like mine."   And note, America was founded on the belief that there is a higher authority.  Get over it.

Another Challenge to “Under God” in the Pledge Rejected

In the latest chapter of a seemingly never ending battle over the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rejected a challenge to the daily voluntary recitation of the Pledge in Massachusetts schools. The ACLJ filed an amicus brief supporting the school district in the case, Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.

As is the case in many states, Massachusetts schools begin each day with a voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Consistent with United States Supreme Court cases concerning the freedom of speech, no teacher or student is required to participate or punished for failing to participate.

Atheist and Humanist parents and students, proceeding anonymously, brought suit claiming that this practice violated their right to equal protection under the Massachusetts Constitution. The suit claimed that the practice “marginalizes” Atheists and Humanists as “second-class citizens” who are “unpatriotic” and requested an order preventing the continued recitation of the Pledge so long as it includes “under God.” There was no evidence that the students had ever been punished, bullied, criticized, or otherwise mistreated for declining to recite the Pledge.

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