In a flurry of executive orders signed by President Obama this week,one order will edit the Pledge of Allegiance to remove the phrase ‘Under God’.
For several years,Atheist and Muslim activists have put pressure on The White House for the move citing religious freedom regulations.
This order will help “ensure religious diversity” the President said in a press release Saturday.
“The separation of church and state outlined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is an important founding principle of our nation. Our nation’s Bill of Rights guarantees not only that the government cannot establish an official religion, but also guarantees citizens’ rights to practice the religion of their choosing or no religion at all.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Fox News.
According to Earnst,neither Children attending Public School nor Military personnel will obligated to recite the Pledge is they choose not to.While the Pledge is Voluntary it Amounts to Coercion When Young Children are Required to Recite it in Schools according to White House spokesmen.
The measure will undoubtedly meet stiff criticism from Republicans and the Christian Right who believe Christianity should be the State Religion of The United States.
Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson chimed in as he was campaigning in Iowa for Monday’s GOP Primary.
Carson told Fox News,”I have been to contries where they throw people in jail for talking about God and they always have more tornadoes and hurricanes than we do.God gets really angry if we don’t talk about him.I don’t want to make God mad.He scares me.”
The order is scheduled to go into effect in June and is one of many measures outlined by the White House to “ensure religious freedom after The President leaves office next year.”