Monday, June 14, 2004

Calling Families with Kids in Public School

The Brights are looking for a non-religious family with children in the public school system to force the US Supreme Court to face the issue and not dodge it like they just did.

Details here.

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that Newdow has no standing (the Court has skirted constitutional issues and left the situation open for another complainant to bring a case). The prior 9th Circuit decision is nullified and the pledge remains as it is. In short, this decision leaves untouched the practice while sidestepping the broader question of the separation of church and state.

Those who agree with the Newdow complaint are looking toward developing a new case along the same lines as Mike’s case.

NEEDED: A family of Brights -- the parents are bringing up children free of supernatural. The children are in a US public school that imposes the pledge on the its students. If you are that family, we would like to explore with you stepping forward and being litigants in the next court challenge.

Although we wrote an amicus brief for Michael’s case, we have no expertise in law. Brights Central will put you in touch with the appropriate parties to fully explain responsibilities, challenges, and what you can expect to experience before, during, and after a court decision.

To respond to this request requires a strong commitment to remove the words “under God” from the pledge. It will require time and a mental ability to ward off heavy criticism from many quarters. The most serious will likely be that you are “using your child” to advance your own cause.

If your offer is considered the “best case,” then you will be working directly with Michael Newdow. It will not impose a financial burden. Email your interest and appropriate contact information (name, phone and address) with the subject line: PLEDGE FAMILY

If your situation precludes your entry into such a case, then please follow the citizen suggestions in the prior Brighten Op(portunity) that you will “ride herd” on your representatives and public officials.

Look'em up they are pretty reasonable.

Also... some updates over at


At 1:02 PM, Blogger PipeTobacco said...


I have been exploring new blogs and find yours very appealing! Thank you for your efforts. I think we share similar ideas. To me it seems very simple to go back to the way the pledge was 50 years ago (where it did not have "under God". It seems an easy and appropriate solution.



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