At the blog "No More Hornets", one author (whose name appears nowhere on his blog as far as I was able to determine), speaks about the importance of Americans remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance.
He took as his role model Exeter councillor Paul Pettinger in England who refused to stand for a convocational prayers. Pettinger protested that he was an atheist and thought it was wrong to pressure people to participate in a religious service when they did not share that religious views.
The anonymous author at No More Hornets then asks:
Who among our governmental officials has ever dared to utter the opinion that convocational prayer is “highly inappropriate”? No one.
This is not true.
David Habecker, of Estes Park, Colorado, refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
As a result, the Voters of Estes Park held a recall election in which they removed Habecker from office.
Yet, even in the Atheist community, virtually nobody knows his name.
Any atheist discussing the bigotry in this country should be able to recall Habecker's story in an instant, as soon as somebody protests that "under God" is not used to establish a religion in this country.