The purpose of Our Conscience weblog is to facilitate a greater discussion and understanding of church and state separation in our community and in others. Underlying this is the value that each individual should be allowed to follow the dictates of his or her own conscience without influence, coercion, or direction from the State when it comes to matters of religion.

Friday, December 17, 2004

The Tennessean: Substitute says job lost for refusing to say pledge

Our Conscience

Staff Writer

Hickman school officials say silence isn't why he's bypassed

One nation, under God.

Or is it?

A substitute teacher in Hickman County claims he lost his job yesterday for raising that question.

Chris Warren is not an atheist objecting to the religion in Pledge of Allegiance. Instead, he says he wishes the planks of the pledge were upheld. Because they're not, he said, he refused to say the pledge in class.

He doesn't believe phrases like ''one nation under God'' and ''indivisible'' and ''liberty and justice for all'' are true anymore.

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