Sit for the Pledge. Stand for the Constitution.


If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
— Justice Robert Jackson (West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette)

American Humanist Association Legal Director David Niose explains that public school students can't be forced to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Divisive religious language must be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, in an initial effort to make this powerful national symbol inclusive of the growing population of nonreligious Americans.

The First Amendment right of students to boycott the Pledge of Allegiance must be protected and recognized as the constitutional freedom it is, no matter the motivation behind their boycott.

We must all work towards the vision of the country that the Pledge of Allegiance aspires to: indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Elected officials must enforce the laws that protect these aspirations and continue to promote legislation that does the same.