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Fox Host Condemns Atheists Gunning For ‘Under God’ In Pledge [Video]

Dana Perino The Five

It’s entirely possible that two unnamed atheist parents in Massachusetts will successfully get the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance in that state, and Fox News host Dana Perino ain’t happy about it.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court is currently hearing a case against the words “under God” in the Pledge, brought by two atheist parents who say that their atheist children “are denied meaningful participation in this patriotic exercise” due to the inclusion of the religious language.

Perino says if they don’t like it, “they don’t have to live here.”

Even though the words “under God” were not included in the original Pledge (they were added in the late 1940s), countless efforts to remove the phrase have fallen flat over the years.

“I remember working at the Justice Department years ago when I first started right after 9/11 and a lawsuit like this came through, and before the day had finished, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives had both passed resolutions saying that they were for keeping ‘under God’ in the pledge,” Perino said.

But her own opinion of atheists is pretty straightforward: “I’m tired of them,” she said.

“If these people really don’t like it, they don’t have to live here,” she concluded.

Even co-host Bob Beckel agreed, saying, “Yeah, that’s a good point.”

This is hardly the first time Fox News’ The Five has made news for something one of the hosts said. Watch the video of Dana Perino’s criticism of atheists below and let us know what you think:

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55 Responses to “Fox Host Condemns Atheists Gunning For ‘Under God’ In Pledge [Video]”

  1. Omario Amriky

    It wasn't there originally and it isn't representative of all Americans. I'd prefer it stays (because of my belief) but I acknowledge that it shouldn't. Government should be religiously neutral.

  2. Carolyn Craddock

    this is a bunch of bull. Why should two parents decide what is best for the majority. Leave the pledge as it is. These parents can inform their children to opt out when these words are repeated. Just stand there quietly.

  3. Patrick Lucas

    If they don't believe in God then there's nothing to take out !!

  4. Lonyienne Michell Hufeld

    If they don't believe in God, fine don't say the pledge. But these people have NO PROBLEM earning, Spending and saving money that has IN GOD WE TRUST. I believe that is somewhat hypocritical.

  5. Lauren Siegel

    Because we live in a Constitutional Republic, NOT a democracy. Even if it was one parent, it wouldn't matter. The pledge should be returned to it's original! It should be how it was! Not how it was revised. And atheists want to pledge to their country! Why should we be excluded because the majority wants to add something that is not constitutional?

  6. Lauren Siegel

    If the original written in 1892, but Bellamy upsets you, then you home school your kids, or send them to a private religious school. YOU should not force your beliefs on everyone else.

  7. Tricia Barbarotto Cooper Simon

    it was remarked that the pledge needs to return to the way it was originally…..well look at it this way, the homes years ago did not have indoor plumbing! I don't see these people removing their toilets from their homes…..I say leave the pledge as it stands and if you don't like it, just shut up!!!!

  8. Mark Anthony Henderson

    I believe you're incorrect. It's not hypocritical if all the US currency displays "In God We Trust." These "people" have no real alternative choice of hard currency.

  9. Mark Anthony Henderson

    Tricia Barbarotto Cooper Simon Excellent use of false analogy.

  10. Lois Lynn Kingsbury

    I am non religious, and I agree with you. In school, I proudly participated in the Pledge of Allegiance. I only left those two words out of my version.

  11. Liz Slone

    "Why should they be catered to? Why are they important?" Why are religious people so important that they need to make it seem like if you aren't religious, you're not really patriotic to your country? What rude individuals.

  12. Liz Slone

    Well, most atheists DO have a problem with "In God We Trust" being printed on US currency. I would like to see it removed.

  13. Liz Ann Williams

    why is it that the word GOD offends so many. I am for leaving it in, just don't say it,, This is getting out of hand, America home of the free and brave, but yet we welcome all to our shores and then are told after helping them get started in new lives here that we offend then with the prayers, songs etc of our country founded by our fore fathers. We are suppose to change for many, you came to us, if you don't like the way things are in our schools, our songs our gov't and lives, then LEAVE~! go back to where you came from. I am sick of being told something offends the foreigners that come to our shores, and we give them all. I am sick of having to push a button for English, if you want a language other then English , push a button, you come here and work here, learn our language as our grand parents, and others did when they came , Stop trying to change what you once thought was so good that you had to come live here.. Sorry I went off rail but tired of all the complaints concerning our country and pledge , etc. God Bless you all, even if it's not your belief~.

  14. Charles Cates

    Liz Slone yes and by the turn of the next century all the "offensive currency will be out of circulation :-)

  15. Charles Cates

    Ii am so tired of the tyranny of the minority, you are free to believe or not believe what you wish, if they do win their case what actions will be taken against individuals who continue to insert "Under God" in the Pledge? fines? 30 lashes with a wet noodle?

  16. Kat Dolan

    Lauren Siegel Who is forcing a belief on anyone? If you don't believe fine. Why even say that? Why are the right's of an Athiest more important than those of us that believe? Maybe I don't like the fact that Athiest's whine about anything religious that they have to view. So they want anything that pertains to God removed from their sight. What make's my belief's any less than your's? So you don't like the words Under God, YOU don't have to say them. Simple.

  17. Corinne Hinchberger

    Tricia Barbarotto Cooper Simon…..you really should just shut up. Go back to being barefoot and pregnant…..hopefully not at the hand of someone you are related to.

  18. Charles N. Greggo

    @ Carolyn What if hypothetically, schools started teaching Athiesm and in the Pledge said "There is no God"? Would you tell your kids to simply "Opt out of saying that and just stand there quietly? I think not. You and other 'Concerned Parents" would be in an uproar. And a little something I like to call, Being a Hypocrite.

  19. Dorothy Ebers

    why is it we r always the ones giving up our rights to have God —- maybe it's time for us to ban together and do a suite to maintain our rights also! how funny when they r in bad trouble or dying they call out to a God no matter which one for help! curse him and denounce but yet call upon in time of need!

  20. Carol Lynn Ward Staggers

    Lauren Siegel Because you are not the ruler, the majority rules and that is how it should be, not one person. Leave the pledge alone. If you don't like it don't say it. No one cares what you want when you are a small portion of the population. One person started this with taking prayer out of schools, and look at our country now. It is in a shambles because you ungodly idiots want your way. Time for us to start gettin our country back to a sensible place to live. You people are crazy!!!!

  21. Carol Lynn Ward Staggers

    God makes them uncomfortable. They shake in their boots when God is mentioned. Fear is a very powerful thing. God will prevail though, in his time. Praise God. I feel so sorry for them who don't know him.

  22. Carol Lynn Ward Staggers

    Our Pledge is not government, it is our heart's pledge to stand up to evil and defend our country. We don't have to agree with the government to want to believe in our country. God is part of this country whether some don't like that fact or not. It you don't want to say Under God, then don't. He will know who don't want him and when the time comes he will abide by your wishes.

  23. Carol Lynn Ward Staggers

    Charles Cates I for one will continue to say it with Under God in it.

  24. Carol Lynn Ward Staggers

    Why are these people ashamed to let their names be known. Cowards, hiding from all of us. God can see you though. He is really the one you fear the most. Feel so sorry for you. We can have a pity party for you because I will never stop saying it with UNDER GOD in it.

  25. Keisha Wear Barot

    Why can't you people just not say it? Why ruin it for the people who actually beleive in God.

    P.S. There is a GOD

  26. Eileen Triest Knapik

    I am not an atheist I am not uncomfortable with God. I do not think women in America should be allowed to wear their hijab or burqa or whatever it is to take their driver license photo nor am I particularly comfortable with them wearing it in general for security reasons (easy to hide bombs and conceal identity). I believe it it hypocritical of me to force them to not show signs of their religion while we do so openly. I think it wold be best if we just all honored our own higher power in our own way quietly. I like the idea of keeping religion and government separate…the way it was intended.

  27. Eileen Triest Knapik

    I wouldn't say they have no problem earning, spending and saving money with "In God we Trust" on it. They really don't have an alternative. Personally I think it should be removed too. See my post above for why. And it has nothing to do with God. I think God would understand my reasoning too. He sees what's going on down here and I think he would want us to find a way to ALL get along with each other no matter what name we call him.

  28. Eileen Triest Knapik

    Keisha Wear Barot How about the Jewish people say Jehovah (in their head), the Muslims say Allah (in their head), the Christians say God (in their head) and the atheists can just stare blankly ahead. Then we can ALL be happy.

  29. Daniella Byrne

    Don't take God out, just update it: "Under God/Allah/Yah-wey/Tom Cruise/He-who-shall-not-be-named, with liberty and justice for everyone, except Gays, foreigners, and people that don't speak red neck." :-P

  30. Char Lennertz

    Carol Lynn Ward Staggers : What if the majority were athiest? Would you bend then? I doubt it…. This country is the home to Americans with varied faiths. All of whom have the right and responsibility to pay homage to this great country! It is extremely arrogant to to demand that YOUR religion be represented above others. Not to mention UNCONSTITUTIONAL to include ANY religious recognition in the pledge. I find it interesting that so many republicans are constantly screaming about respecting and adhering to the constitution, yet can't seem to understand the the VERY simple separation between church and state. Just because you have obviously mastered "cherry picking" the bible to justify the lifestyle you have chosen, does NOT mean that the constitution is ripe for the picking! We ARE the melting pot! If you cannot melt and blend with people unlike yourself, I propose that YOU leave.

  31. Char Lennertz

    This country is the home to Americans with varied faiths. All of whom have the right and responsibility to pay homage to this great country! It is extremely arrogant to to demand that YOUR religion be represented above others. Not to mention UNCONSTITUTIONAL to include ANY religious recognition in the pledge. I find it interesting that so many republicans are constantly screaming about respecting and adhering to the constitution, yet can't seem to understand the the VERY simple separation between church and state. Just because you have obviously mastered "cherry picking" the bible to justify the lifestyle you have chosen, does NOT mean that the constitution is ripe for the picking! We ARE the melting pot! If you cannot melt and blend with people unlike yourself, I propose that YOU leave.

  32. Kendra O'Neill-Brown

    hahahahahahaha this is laughable.. I'm not american , however have american friends and I know the pledge.. however I am also not religious.. however I don't see how this is making there children oppressed to religious beliefs.. I have no problem saying the word god. I have no problem in accompanying my mother to church on Christmas or if she needs me to go along with her.. I respect people who have religious belief because that's what they believe and they have faith… which has comforted people through many a good and bad time.. I was brought up in a religious house hold however I was allowed my OWN opinions and my OWN beliefs , as I grew to understand more.. its funny that it is these parents who are atheists.. shouldn't they allow there children to give there own opinion and what they want , before going to court etc.. they may be secret now but how long is that going to last.. there children would be scrutinized for what there parents have done if they succeed in there battle with the courts.. atheism is there choice… just like there is mannnnnnyyyy religions out there which is there choice.. does that mean that every religion out there should go to court to ban this that and another because they feel they are being oppressed by say – a woman down the street who says the rosary.

  33. Michael Schmidt

    @Charles; Schools are already teaching atheism and Christians are being punished for speaking out on their beliefs. I've never known an atheist to be punished for their belief. If the word offends you simply leave it out when your reciting the pledge. Atheists and Christians alike can both participate in the pledge with no one excluded. I find it amusing that some people are totally frightened by the simple name of something they claim they don't believe in. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that deep down they realize HE may really exist and if HE does they're going to be in deep shit.

  34. Elizabeth Beavers

    There is nothing that says you have the right NOT to be offended. Really, people, I'm offended all the time. But, if a Christian complains about TV, or anything else, we're told just to not watch it. Why does this not apply to everyone. If you don't like it, don't participate. If you do participate, leave off the 2 words. But, everyone gets offended, and , again, there's nothing in our constitution that says we have right NOT to be offended…

  35. Eileen Triest Knapik

    So atheists, agnostics, and people of all faiths other than Christians should homeschool their kids so the Christians can have public schools to themselves? Why don't you send your kids to Christian school? And leave public schools for the rest of the people? Then you can say the pledge any way you want to.

  36. Zack Martin

    I am in awe, honestly, at how MANY people take the cruel and disgusting point of view that atheists should "put up with" or otherwise dignify this bastardization of our pledge. "They are a minority, so why cater to the few", is the EXACT type of thinking that kept black Americans and even WOMEN repressed for so many painful years. One might think we could actually learn from our previous blunders of ostracism, and work together for the common good. The pledge did not originally contain the words "Under God", and if folks did their homework, they would understand how and why it was added. A true patriot, regardless of belief or non-belief, would want the original pledge to be restored for their nation.

  37. Sergio Paulo Arambula

    Wow, with all due respect, you're an idiot mam. This is not a christian nation. Learn some American history. Btw immigrants founded this nation, which was stolen from the natives.

  38. Frank Dorka

    Carol, we have a Constitution and the Bill of Rights that protect the rights of the INDIVIDUAL over those of the MAJORITY this being tyrannical Christian religion no matter what there numbers. Were you absent the years they taught American History and Civics in your school???

  39. Jozef Hanratty

    Charles N. Greggo ,

    "What if hypothetically, schools started teaching Athiesm and in the Pledge said "There is no God"? Would you tell your kids to simply "Opt out of saying that and just stand there quietly? I think not. You and other 'Concerned Parents" would be in an uproar. And a little something I like to call, Being a Hypocrite."

    You are only being a hypocrite in your hypothetical scenario. Your whole statement is a tu quoque fallacy and mired in a miasma of vacuous crap. I'm an atheist and I would oppose in focus of "under atheism" or in "atheist we trust" just as much as you sit idley by and allow this constitutional violation exist because of your own screwed up confirmation bias. The very fact that you said the statement means you don't even have basic idea of what atheism is. Atheism says nothing about what you think, believe, your morals, anything. It's simply the null position about a single statement "Do gods exist?". You are an atheist just the same as I, I just simply take it one god further. Do you believe Leprechauns exist? You are an aleprechaunist. It's not difficult.

  40. Marilyn Nicklas

    Leave God in the Pledge, next they will want In God We Trust off the money. Leave things alone, there are more important things to worry about the a word. If you don't like it in there don't say it, or find another place to live where they don't say it.

  41. Tami Karon Lott Hensarling

    Charles N. Greggo I personally would take my kids out of public school and teach them at home or send them to a private school.

  42. Marco Ruggio

    First of all the US Pledge of Allegiance was not written by what uneducated right wing zealots love to refer to as “our founders” or “our framers.” It was written by a Baptist minister, who also happened to be a Christian socialist, by the name Bellamy. The pledge DID NOT include any mention of “god.” It did not because apparently this man, unlike Dana the Moron from FOX, was an American who believed in the original principles of America: Freedom of, and from religion. The mention of god didn’t appear in the pledge until 1951 when the large Christian organization, the Knights of Columbus managed to insert into the document.

    Here we have the very epicenter of Right Wing Insanity. First & foremost… Arrogant ignorance. A fixed belief that they have cornered the market on “morality.” A fixed belief that their personal morality should be legislated. Much like any radical faction of Islam or any other intolerant system.

    The United States was built on diversity of culture, religious and nonreligious acceptance, and co-existence. It was NOT built on the ramming of a specific religious belief down the throats of its citizens. That is precisely why there is a division between church and state. The practice of any religious ritual is a personal freedom. It is not a State practice. The exact same freedom applies to the non-religious factions of our society. Schools should not make religious choices for the children of our multi-cultural, multi religious, multi spiritual, and multi non spiritual citizens. To do so honestly one would have to include scores of divergent belief systems into our pledge to our flag. Should our children attend mass, temple, or repeat words from the Koran, or Socrates, or the Zen masters before class?

    Seems the American Taliban has spoken again. These people fear the freedom they claim to defend. They do not believe in choices that are divergent from their personal belief systems. They are seemingly terrified of it at every turn. They are intolerant and incapable of coexistence with divergent believes and therefore not truly American. So of Dana Perino is “tired of atheists” she should be the one to leave the country and join the Taliban, where religion IS first and freedom is second.

  43. Bruce Langford

    these people need to just not say a word or leave our great free country. the USA was founded by our fore fathers on religeous grounds because they believed in God and it should stay that way so just shut up or leave