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Humanists of Fort Worth Message Board Humanists of Fort Worth Discussion Forum › Student who refused to stand for Pledge because of 'Under God' wins her battle

Student who refused to stand for Pledge because of 'Under God' wins her battle

user 18037361
Group Organizer
Fort Worth, TX
Post #: 69
Chelsea Stanton, a high school student in New Jersey, who has repeatedly been punished for refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, has finally won her battle, the Cherry Hill Courier Post reports.

Stanton, a senior and atheist at Collingswood High School, says she objects to the words "one nation under God," which appear in the pledge.

After doing some research, Stanton found that the law was on her side, not the school's. A state provision requiring students to stand was held unconstitutional by the United States Court of Appeals in 1978, but was never revised to reflect the ruling.

Now, Stanton is being allowed to sit during the Pledge without facing repercussions. School district superintendant Scott Oswald said that in light of the legal discovery, the school requirement to stand during the pledge "will be removed next year," the Cherry Hill Courier Post reports.

John F.
Fort Worth, TX
Post #: 13
Hurray for Chelsea Stanton! It takes courage to do what she's done. She's another in a series of young people in the past couple of years who have had the guts to stand up -- or in this case, remain sitting -- for what they believe. And you can't tell me school officals weren't already aware the state law had been found unconstitutional, and just quietly wishing and hoping the issue would go away.

These kids have a lot more awareness and courage than I did at their age. There is hope for the future of democracy in the United States of America.
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