Do you recognize this description of the American Humanist Association?
The American Humanist Association, which hates all religion with much fire and brimstone, has launched a national campaign to inspire Americans to refuse to say the entire Pledge of Allegiance everywhere, all the time until Congress officially removes the famous phrase “under God” from the patriotic, 31-word oath.
What, humanists? Fire and brimstone? The humanists are the nice people. That’s so far off and so ludicrously mischaracterizing the group, you won’t be surprised to learn it’s from those far right-wing flamers at the Daily Caller.
It is true that the American Humanists have launched a campaign to get the discriminatory religious message out of the pledge (I’m all for getting rid of it altogether — why do we make kids recite a loyalty oath?), but it seems to me like a fairly calm, rational argument that they are making.
So now David Niose has challenged Tucker Carlson to a debate over the pledge. I’d like to see that: on one side, cool, collected David Niose making reasonable points about the discriminatory religious requirement tacked on to what’s supposed to be a national statement of patriotism; on the other, a dithering dweeb in a bow tie demanding intolerance. It should be fun!