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Small Group Meeting

Proposed Topics for discussion on Sep 17 concern two recent events: 

1. The legal briefs presented last Wednesday, Sep 4, to the MA Supreme Judicial Court about "under God" in the Pledge of Alegiance and 

2. The meeting of the Atheist Alliance of America 2013 National Convention. 

Paul will describe the legal briefs and some past experience with prayers in school; Maria will summarize the AAofA convention.

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  • David R.

    Very informative group meeting and relevant subjects were discussed.

    September 17, 2013

  • David K.

    I wish I could attend, but I have prior commitments.

    September 16, 2013

  • Paul W J.

    I remember experiencing an analogous discomfort long ago when I was a Catholic schoolboy. The elementary school teachers used to read The Lord's Prayer at the beginning of each school day, but with a uniquely protestant wording. We who were brought up as Catholics were put in an uncomfortable position by this reading of the prayer. After some agonizing, we decided on a mild rebellion. When the teacher got to the protestant ending of the prayer, we unbowed our heads. In the course of this experience we became aware of a pecking order. We felt that we Catholics were perceived as lower than Protestants in this order. This may have been because the teachers all used the Protestant ending to the prayer. No teacher ever said that participating in the prayer was "voluntary". The defendants' lawyers argued that the pledge of allegiance is "voluntary". There's nothing voluntary in GL chap71 sect69.

    September 11, 2013

6 went

  • Maria G.
    Steering Committee, Publicity Committee, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Paul W J.
    Steering Committee, Open Discussion Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Pat E.
    CAH Coordinator, Steering Committee, Publicity Committee, Co-Organizer
  • Pamela D.
    Treasurer, Steering Committee Member

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