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AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC.
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Ellen Johnson, President (973)691-1808
Dave Silverman, Communications Director (732)648-9333

HOUSE VOTE ON PLEDGE WORDING IS VOTE PANDERING, "CHEAP SHOT" AT OUR CONSTITUTION SAY ATHEISTS



A vote yesterday in the House of Representatives to insulate the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance from judicial review not only attempts to subvert the constitution, but amounts to "election time
grandstanding," according to an Atheist First Amendment watchdog group.

Ellen Johnson, President of American Atheists, said that the measure (HR 2028) stands little chance of passing in the Senate, and would likely be declared unconstitutional if elected officials tried to have the bill
become law.

Nevertheless, the proposal passed 247-173.

Either the overwhelming majority of the House of Representatives is unfamiliar with the separation of powers doctrine, and the First Amendment, or they are turning the floor of Congress into a cheap political theater," said Johnson.

"Most of those who voted for this bizarre and un-American proposal know it won't survive; they're trying to whip up public sympathy by demonizing our judiciary, and the constitutional separation of church and state."

Dave Silverman, Communications Director for American Atheists, praised members of Congress who had the courage to vote against HR 2028.

"One hundred and seventy-three of our representatives chose the moral and political high road over the passions of the moment," said Mr. Silverman. He singled out Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) who warned fellow lawmakers, "We're playing with fire here, we are playing with the national unity of this country" by trying to reverse and subvert over two centuries of judicial review.

Silverman added, "Fortunately, we have a Constitution which hopefully checks political demagoguery, especially when it is sugarcoated in the rhetoric of religious belief."

(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for nonbelievers; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)



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