Court to Decide on ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

The Massachusetts Supreme court will hear arguments from lawyers representing an atheist couple seeking to have the words “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. The couple, who filed the suit against a local school district anonymously on behalf of their three children, say that their kids should not be forced to use the phrase while reciting the Pledge at school, because the wording is “strongly favoring one religious class.” The American Humanist Association is representing the family, and will be arguing against the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who will be arguing on behalf of the district. The same lawsuit was rejected last year after a Superior Court judge ruled that “‘under God’ does not convert the exercise into a prayer” …

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Aaron Weinberg

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Aaron Weinberg commented…

This drives me crazy. Atheists can have their own view, but their view is that God doesn't exist and that ultimately, they are going to just be dead and nothing is going to happen. If that's going to happen then they aren't going to have any sort of recoil or consequence for saying 'under God' in a pledge of allegiance. It really means no difference either way. To me it just seems like they are just causing trouble.

David Dugas

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David Dugas commented…

Aaron, to the contrary of that point--Christians would freak out if 'under God' was taken out, yet we know that God exists regardless if our pledge of allegiance says so. I think you're right. Things that don't line up with our presuppositions tend to spark fire and make humans want to cause trouble for their opponents. For anyone who needs a helpful reference to the current situation and the discord/hate we experience: John 15.

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