A 17-year-old New Jersey high school senior is fighting back against the angry atheists of the American Humanist Association.

The AHA filed suit to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Claiming to have filed the suit on behalf of an unnamed family of atheists, the AHA said that phrase represents unconstitutional discrimination against those who do not believe in a higher power. But Samantha Jones disagrees.

“The phrase ‘one nation under God’ sums up the history and values that have made our country great,” she told hold Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV’s “MidPoint” Wednesday.

Represented by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Jones is defending the right of students in the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District to recite “one nation under God” as part the Pledge, arguing that the words have a primarily patriotic, not religious, meaning.

“It acknowledges that our rights don’t come from [government],” she told Berliner. “It comes from a higher power so they can’t take that away.”

Jones said that her classmates, who are not required to recite the Pledge in school anyway, were very supportive of her defense of the phrase.

“They were surprised that someone would take ‘under God’ out of the Pledge of Allegiance,” she said.

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In Samantha Jones and other young people like her lie the hope for the future of this nation.

Her ability to winsomely articulate her support for retaining the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance represents what should be the goal of the American education system — the capacity not only to engage in critical thinking about important issues, but also to be able to defend a position persuasively.

Clearly, this young woman completed most of her education before the advent of the Common Core.

Courtesy of the Conservative Tribune

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