Protests of God in Pledge Called Intolerant

Excerpt: Both the students at Boulder, Colo., High School who are protesting the traditional "Pledge of Allegiance" because of its inclusion of "God," as well as school officials who are praising them for democratically expressing their views, need to be educated, charges a national advocacy group. "The organized student boycott of the Pledge of Allegiance at Boulder High School yesterday was a ridiculous display of immaturity, ignorance and intolerance that should punished by the school," said the Right Rev. Council Nedd, the national chairman of In God We Trust USA.

"In no way is hearing the words 'under God' offensive as high school senior Emma Martens claims. In media reports Miss Martens is quoted as saying, 'We didn't think it was fair for the whole school to have to listen to (the pledge). It's almost religious oppression,'" he said.

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