While a God-believer can proudly say the Pledge of Allegiance, an atheist must choose to: (1) absent herself from
the practice, thus alienating herself from her peers; (2) participate in the exercise that denigrates her beliefs; or (3) say a different pledge by omitting "under God;' which exposes that student and invariably makes her appear unpatriotic.
The government guidelines state: "An eligible female employee is entitled to absent herself from
work for four weeks immediately be-fore and eight weeks immediately after delivery, totalling 12 weeks.
The situation may be different if she had testified she had no desire to have children or if she stated an intention not to absent herself from
the workforce for any reason.
In the absence of a credible explanation for her actions and judgement, justice demands that the Tanaiste absent herself from
any Cabinet consideration and decision- making on the future of Irish airports.