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Massachusetts Atheist Couple Challenging ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ in Supreme Judicial Court

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A Massachusetts family is asking that the state’s Judicial Supreme Court ban the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. What do you think?

The family feels that the words ‘under God’ discriminate against their atheist views.

A Lawyer for the Acton, MASS family says that saying God suggests that “good patriots are God believers” and nonbelievers are less patriotic or unpatriotic. Attorneys for the local school district argue the pledge is not mandatory. They say that students can opt out by either leaving out the reference to God or by not reciting the pledge at all.

The original Pledge of Allegiance was adopted by Congress in 1942. The words ‘under God’ was added in 1954.

[WWLP-TV, Boston Globe]

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