Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Mass. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Pledge; Atheist Couple Seeks to Cut Pledge's "Under God"

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will begin hearing arguments this week in an Acton, Massachusetts atheist couple's quest to strike the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance which their children say in the Acton-Boxboro Regional School District, the Boston Herald website reports today (September 3, 2013).

The couple's suit -- filed anonymously on behalf of their three children -- goes to the SJC tomorrow, with Washington, D.C. activist organizations taking part in the proceedings.

The American Humanist Association says in court filings that the pledge uses "wording strongly favoring one religious class while disfavoring the plaintiffs' religious class."

Congress added the words "under God" to the pledge in 1954 as a result of a lobbying effort by the Knights of Columbus.

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