The number of signers already blasted past the original goal of 5,000. Can we get 100,000? 500,000? A million atheists standing up for their rights? It could happen! But it depends on you.
You'll have to spend about thirty seconds typing your name and email to create an account on whitehouse.gov, then wait a few seconds for the usual confirmation email. Once you confirm, you can sign the petition to add your name to the list of patriotic Americans who can't pledge their full allegiance to their country.
Will this actually make it happen? Probably not. Will it make a difference? Yes!
Battles like this aren't won overnight. No single campaign can change the direction of the country. This won't be won in a single engagement. It will take a long series of petitions, publicity campaigns, testimonials by celebrity atheists, courtroom skirmishes, and much more before we can get "under God" out of the Pledge.
But we can do it, and this petition is one of those events that will add to the momentum. But only if you sign it.
Did you know that "under God" wasn't in the original Pledge? The "under God" phrase was added almost sixty years ago after a campaign launched by a right-wing Catholic group during the time of McCarthyism and rampant racism. It was un-American to add "under God" to the pledge, and now it's time to right that wrong.
UPDATE (11:00 AM Friday): Here's a note my Mom left on my Facebook page about this blog:
"When I was in school there was no 'under God' in the pledge because we all knew that 'freedom of religion' was part of our country's heritage. I could not believe it when I grew up and suddenly was expected to insert 'under God' whenever required to say the pledge. I have solved the problem by remaining silent when I am expected to say 'under God' during the Pledge of Allegiance. It is high time that this phrase be removed and that we get back to the original words that truly reflect what and why this nation formed. Freedom! Freedom to think as we please and not as our government requires."So become an activist! Sign the petition! Why are you still reading this? CLICK HERE! Do it!
(P.S. To the Orange County Backyard Skeptics and host Bruce Gleason: thanks for a wonderful evening last night! It was a real pleasure talking to such an interesting group. You were a great audience, and your questions were fantastic.)