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September 8 in freethought history…

September 8, 1892 – Francis Bellamy, a Baptist minister and Christian socialist, publishes the following “Pledge of Allegiance” for American schoolchildren: I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for … Continue reading

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June 22 in freethought history…

June 22, 1633 – Galileo condemned by the Roman Inquisition for heresy for publishing his helicentric model of the universe, in contradiction to the Catholic Church’s geocentric model. He was forced to recant and sentenced to house imprisonment for the … Continue reading

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June 14 in freethought history…

June 14, 1954 – President Eisenhower signs a law inserting “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance, saying, “FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school … Continue reading

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Bill seeks to reaffirm In God We Trust as national motto

Oh, boy, here we go again. Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) has introduced a resolution seeking to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto. Why? The national motto is no danger of being changed, and surely our elected representatives … Continue reading

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Podcast #84 Bonus Material – Newdow in 2002

I’m packing up to head to Newark for the American Atheists convention this weekend, but meanwhile, here’s a blast from the past.  Waaay back in August 2002, I (John C. Snider) interviewed Michael Newdow when he was  just hitting the … Continue reading

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9th Circuit rejects Newdow

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Constitutionality of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and the motto “In God We Trust” on American currency.  This double body-blow denies two lawsuits spearheaded by Michael … Continue reading

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Will “In God We Trust” be set in stone?

Not if the Freedom from Religion Foundation has anything to do with it.  FFRF is suing to prevent Congress from engraving the national motto “In God We Trust” as well as the Pledge of Allegiance–which includes the words “under God”–in … Continue reading

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