Another Student Not Standing for the Pledge

I am liking this trend. Roxanne Westover, a 17-year-old from Ohio, stopped standing for the Pledge of Allegiance after learning in her history class that she didn’t have to. “I’m an atheist, and I believe the pledge isn’t something toward our nation,” she said. “It’s more like a religious oath, and I believe that if [Read More...]

Ask Richard: An Atheist Considering Becoming An Anglican Minister

Dear Richard, I am a great admirer of the eloquent yet simple advice you give on Friendly Atheist. I have been “out” as an atheist for about one year now. I work in a Divinity Faculty, where I am surrounded by liberal, thoughtful, sophisticated religious believers, and recently I have been having thoughts about becoming [Read More...]

High Schooler Gets in Trouble After Not Standing for the Pledge of Allegiance

Inspired by 10-year-old Will Phillips‘ refusal to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, a slightly-older commenter said this: I am a High School student in Alaska. For years, I have stood up, but not recited the pledge. My reasons being some quite similar to Will Phillips’. When asked why I don’t recite the pledge, I [Read More...]

Will Phillips Interviewed on CNN

Will Phillips — the 10-year-old boy who won’t stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance because there is no “justice for all” for the GLBT community and so many others — was interviewed on CNN today. What an awesome kid. His parents are just setting the bar high for the rest of us who want [Read More...]

I’m (Not) With Stupid

Recently, Fred Phelps and the other nuts at Westboro Baptist Church protested near a midwest high school for no good reason (other than, perhaps, the existence of liberal faculty members…?). I’ve blurred out the school’s identifying information in the pic below, but you can see that several of the high school students staged a counter [Read More...]


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