(April 22) Today's Top Headlines - New Jersey school sued over 'under God' in pledge - The Explorer: Today's Headlines

(April 22) Today's Top Headlines - New Jersey school sued over 'under God' in pledge

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:35 am

Associated Press:

A family is suing a New Jersey school district, contending that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance discriminates against atheist children.

The lawsuit against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District was filed in state court last month and was announced Monday by the American Humanist Association. The group says the phrase, added in 1954, "marginalizes atheist and humanist kids as something less than ideal patriots."

The anonymous plaintiffs say those two words "under God" violate the state constitution.

But school district lawyer David Rubin says the district is merely following a state law that requires schools to have a daily recitation of the pledge. He says individual students don't have to participate.

The humanist group is awaiting a ruling from a court on a similar case in Massachusetts.

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

Featured Videos

Spacer4px

Online poll

Loading…

Follow us on Facebook