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State’s Highest Court Hears Arguments on Taking “Under God” Out of Pledge of Allegiance

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BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for an atheist family has asked Massachusetts’ highest court to ban the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools.

In arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday, a lawyer for the Acton family argued that the words “under God” in the pledge discriminate against atheist students.

The lawyer argues that the reference defines patriotism as someone who believes in God.

Lawyers for the school district and another family who want to keep the Pledge of Allegiance in schools say reciting it is voluntary and students can leave out the reference to God or choose not to participate.

Last year, a state judge found that the rights of the atheists were not violated by the words “under God.”

The family appealed the ruling.

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  • Sandyk

    This is so wrong in so many ways. When are we going to stop listening to the few and do what the many want? This family has a right not to believe in God but they are a very small minority. We should not all be subject to their “unGod” ways. I wonder how many “atheists” prayed to God on 9/11/01? Don’t take away what our great country was built on!

  • crime

    If you don’t like our tradition’s…get out of our country..