Letter by Joe Mercado Jr. 

published June 28, 2002 in the SJ Mercury.

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As an atheist, I do not dedicate my patriotism to any of the supernatural deities that are worshipped by the many faiths that populate America. Excising the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, with its religious connotation, ensures that all Americans can salute this great nation.

This country's diversity is snubbed when religious language enters official governmental language. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rightfully ruled that this was so.

Joe Mercado Jr.