MA Supreme Court Debating ‘Under God’ In Pledge

Written by Andres Ortiz on March 29, 2013

downloadLast May, one atheist family sued the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District for still using the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The case is being fought by the American Humanist Association, who claims this case will be radically different from past efforts to remove the phrase from the pledge. This time, the AHA will argue that the phrase is a “specific infringement on the right of nontheists to equal protection under the law.” In other words, the AHA will not recite the first amendment as is usually the case but rather the 14th amendment.

Last June, a Middlesex County Superior Court Judge ruled against the atheists saying “The Pledge is a voluntary patriotic exercise, and the inclusion of the phrase ‘under God’ does not convert the exercise into a prayer.”

What do you think? Is the Pledge of Allegiance a religious ritual? Should the phrase “Under God” be removed?

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Andres Ortiz is the founder of The Saving, a ministry that plays heavy music with heavier Christian content. His new album "David Star", based on the life of David, comes out March 9th, 2014. Follow @andresaving on twitter.