It’s now before the court. Attorney “David Niose, former president of the American Humanist Association, and the plaintiffs' representative, opened his arguments Wednesday saying the pledge’s use of “under God” violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution and is an issue of discrimination.
“Niose said the pledge’s repetitiveness in the public school system is indoctrinating and alienating to atheists.
“It validates believers as good patriots and it invalidates atheists as non-believers at best and unpatriotic at worst.”-- Sophia Rosenbaum, NBC News http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/04/20327848-pledge-of-allegiance-challenged-in-massachusetts-supreme-court?lite.
More than a year ago, the case was news and is included without change below: Acton Family Sues Over 'Under God' In Pledge February 20, 2012
One Acton family is waiting for a decision from the Middlesex Superior Court on whether the words “under God” should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance recited daily in the town’s schools.
The family, which has chosen to remain anonymous, says that part of the pledge discriminates against their children who they are raising as atheists.
This issue has come up before in other courts around the country. Attorney David Niose, who is representing the Acton family, is taking a new legal approach that could change the way the pledge is recited across Massachusetts.
“The pledge was changed in 1954 to add the ‘under God’ language,” Niose said. “So what we’re really saying is just because the federal government added religious language to the pledge back in 1954… that does not mean that the state should require daily recitation of that pledge in its public schools. ”
State law in Massachusetts only mandates that students say the pledge, it does not explicitly state which version of the pledge, and that could affect how this all shakes out in the courts.
Two responses that fervently spell out the conflict:
*I'm so sick and tired of all the atheist, anti Christ, that sue -thinking they should have the right to remove God from believers and our children... Who do you think you are? YOU don't want to pray, or don't want your children to go to
heaven, then don't - but leave us who do alone... SHUT UP and mind your own business.... SIMPLY DONT PRAY and tell your children not to participate but leave my children free to worship God as they please... Again - SHUT UP! Can't
wait until you stand before God and give an account for your ignorance...
*The Constitution was made to protect minorities. References to "God" in a national anything is unconstitutional. Only reason our corrupt government keeps it is because they are all Christians. I do not understand. We atheists have to deal with religious stuff all the time. You got control of the government, the majority, the ability to run over minorities in the name of a made up guy in the sky, God on the money and flag... Turn the tables for one day, atheists (Or some other religion) being the majority trying to get rid of all Christians for some reason. (Atheists are more tolerant) See if you can sit down and take that, or leave family and friends because of it. A peaceful nation must be secular, it is fair to all people. We cannot just trample on the rights of minorities of any kind.