ON-Lion Letter

Samantha Jones, a high-school student in New Jersey, is going to court to defend her right to say the Pledge of Allegiance, including the words "one nation under God."  In September, Jones and her family filed a response to a lawsuit from an atheist association that seeks to prevent public-school students from reciting the Pledge in its entirety.

"When I stand up, put my hand over my heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance, I am recognizing that my rights come from God, not from the government," according to Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School.  "If anyone wants to remain silent, that is their right.  But it is not their right to silence me."

This is the second time the atheist group, the American Humanist Association, has sued at the state level.  Its first suit, raising identical claims, was unanimously rejected by Massachusetts’ highest court earlier this year.

When Samantha's parents found out about the lawsuit against the Pledge, they sought to intervene to defend their children’s rights.  A New Jersey state court recently allowed them to join the case. 

The Jones are represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Becket Fund.

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